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Report of Col. Fitz. Lee, First Virginia Cavalry

            Headquarters First Virginia Cavalry

                                                June 17, 1862.

            Sir: I have the honor to report that the First Virginia Cavalry and four companies of Fourth Virginia Cavalry, under Captain Utterbach, constituted my command and a part of General J. E. B. Stuart’s performing the entire circuit of the enemy’s army, on the 12th [13th], 13th [14th], and 14th [15th] of the present month.

            During the trip my command capture of 62 horses, 7 mules, and assisted in securing 100 others, 39 cavalry saddles, 40 pistols, bridles, and quantities of minor stores; destroyed and assisted in destroying a large number of wagons and commissary and quartermaster’s property of all kinds-one company alone destroying 800 bushels of corn and oats, 5,000 pounds of long forage, 4,000 pounds [of] bacon, 15 gallons [of] whiskey, 200 pounds [of] sugar, 50 pounds [of] coffee and 50 pounds [of] rice; charged and drove from their camp (I am happy to say) a part of my old regiment of cavalry, and burned all their tents, baggage, and stores of every description; captured a large number of prisoners-one company alone capturing 28, besides killing some of the enemy.

            And in this connection I would call the attention of the general commanding to Private Thomas P. Clapp, of Captain Litchfield’s company (D), who, riding up to a Federal officer who was in advance of his men, engaged him in personal combat and killed him after being wounded himself; a deed well worthy of emulation.

I have no one killed; 1 wounded, 1 missing.

I cannot conclude this brief report without certifying to the highly creditable manner in which both officers and men bore the danger and fatigue of a trip which has yet to be excelled-a noble band of circuit-riders,

            Very Respectfully, your obedient servant,

                                                                                    FITZ. LEE,

            Colonel, First Virginia Cavalry, Commanding.

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General,

                                                Cavalry Brigade. 





Source: The War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Vol. 11, Part 1, pp. 1042-1043

Transcribed by Nicholas Tarchis, 2017 June 1

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