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SOUTHERN HISTORICAL SOCIETY PAPERS,
Vol. IV No. 1.
Richmond, Va. July, 1877
Battle Of Kelleysville, March 17th, 1863—Reports of Generals J. E. B. Stuart and Fitz. Lee.
[The following reports were published in 1863, but are so rare as to be accessible to but few. We are confident, therefore, that many of our readers will be glad to have us print them from the original MSS. in our possession].
HD. QRS. CAVALRY DIVISION,
ARMY NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
March 25, 1863.
GEN'L R. H. CHILTON, A. A. G.:
GENERAL: I have the honor to enclose herewith the very graphic report of Brig.-Gen. Fitzhugh Lee of the battle of Kelleysville, (March 17th), between his brigade and a division of the enemy's cavalry. There is little to be said in addition. The dispositions made for meeting this anticipated raid were sufficient to have, prevented or very much retarded the crossing of the Rappahannock at Kelleysville. The report shows wherein these dispositions failed of their object.
The brigade, however, under its noble chief, so redeemed the day by an exhibition of the most extraordinary heroism that we are half disposed to lose sight of the picket failure in the outset.Being charged by the Commanding-General specially with "preparations to meet Stoneman, I was present on this occasion because of the responsibility which would necessarily attach to me for what was done; but having approved of Brig.