Saturday, June 30, 2012

Scouting near Winchester.

CHARLESTOWN, Va., March 12. – The town of Berryville, Va., was occupied by our troops yesterday, General Gorman directing the advance.  The enemy had 5,000 cavalry here on our arrival but the signal ordered a charge of the New York 3d cavalry upon them, supporting the onset with a sufficient force of artillery and infantry.  The enemy did not wait to fight, but ran helter skelter towards Winchester.  Twice last night were the pickets of Gen. Gorman’s brigade compelled to fall back by charges of Aspoy’s Cossacks.

This morning Gen. Gorman made a reconnoissance in force to within two miles of Winchester and drawing the rebels into a trap, they were again charged upon by our cavalry, losing four men.  Several prisoners have been taken from the enemy, while our total loss up to this time is one man and one horse.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, March 15, 1862, p. 3

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