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History of the Sixth New York Cavalry (Second Ira Harris Guard) Second Brigade – First Division – Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865; by Hall, Hillman Allyn

1862) Sixth New York Cavalry. 55

BROOKEVILLE, MD., Sept. 9, 1862, 7 p.m.
The following dispatches were received while on the march
(Signed) A. E. BURNSIDE,

Sept. 9th, 1862, 7 am.

Sir: Left picket at Cooksville, with whom General Wool’s cavalry communicated last night 30 o'clock, to ascertain whether General Burnside’s advance were at Cooksville. They consisted of a company of the First Pennsylvania, Twelve men were seen at Poplar Springs this morning. It is reported an advance of 200 will be made to Cooksville this morning. Communicated with Lieutenant Patterson this morning, So far all quiet. Please send rations and forage. Have thought it expedient to stop the passing of citizens to our rear and return this morning. Surrounded with rebels in disguise, We trust no one will endeavor to reconnoitre to Lisbon this afternoon.

(Signed) Respectfully, W. E. BEARDSLEY
Captain Troop E.

Respectfully forwarded.

(Signed) THOS C. DEVIN,

TRINITY, MD, Sept, 9th, 1862.


Sir: I sent a patrol party, under command of Sergeant Beal, last evening about six o'clock. They patrolled the road between this place and Damascus, and arrived at said place

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at eleven o'clock. They learned that the rebels had a force at Kemptown, and their pickets were within two miles of Damascus. They have pickets on the railroad and pike to the right of Damascus. The rebels are in force at Woodbine, on the turnpike, at that place. General Wool's pickets killed three rebel pickets night before last. They are also at Clarksburg, on the Georgetown road, to the left of Trinity. There is said to be a large force at Harristown (Hyattstown), six miles to the left of Damascus. There is a man at Trinity who has been in the habit of visiting the rebels ever since they came into that section of country. I think he had better be sent to headquarters. I sent out a patrol party this morning at three o'clock to scout the road to Damascus. They have not yet returned.

Very respectfully.

(Signed) F. A. PATTERSON,

1st. Lieut. Commanding Troop.

BROOKEVILLE. MD.; Sept. 9th. 1862. 5 a.m.


All quiet as yet this morning. My pickets are in reserve at Triadelphia and Unity, and scout the country around Cooksville and the turnpike. The enemy is said to have pickets at Lisbon. Captain Beardsley stopped a citizen with a pass dated at Frederick yesterday and signed by Brigadier-general Lee. it is reported that the enemy is making for Ellicott's Mill. and that they are receiving reinforcements from Maryland. I give this merely as reports current among citizens about Cooksville. I will send another dispatch as soon as I hear from the front.

(Signed) THOS. C. DEVIN

Colonel Commanding Cavalry.

BROOKEVILLE. Sept. 9th. 1862.


I had already sent you a dispatch before the arrival of your message. All is quiet as yet. My pickets are in reserve

six miles in front of this place, and scout up to Cooksville, and are working the pike at that place. As far as I can learn, all is quiet this side of the railroad, on which the enemy have pickets. My scouts were yesterday to the northeast and west of Cooksville for some miles, but met none of the enemy. We are also watching the front to Lisbon, where the enemy is said to have pickets. I am expecting a report from the front every minute, which I will send as soon as received.

Respect fully,

(Signed) THOS. C. DEVIN,


P. S. - I have just received report from extreme front. Up to 3 p.m. all quiet. Scouted to Lisbon and Damascus last night. No enemy there. We have pickets now on National road.

(Signed) THOS. C. DEVIN,


GOSHEN, MD. Sept. 9th, 1862, 8 p.m. ,


Lieutenant Easton of this regiment left camp at 10 a.m. to-day with four men, to obtain information in the neighborhood of Damascus. He has just returned, and reports having met and driven in their pickets two and a half miles from Hyattstown. on the road to Damascus. He wounded one of their men and chased the others into the reserve at the foot of the hill leading to Hyattstown. The reserve seemed to number about a company. The people there represented the enemy to be in force, with cavalry at Ridgeville, on the National road, and that their pickets are two miles this side of that place, on the road from Damascus. If such is the case, Captain Cutts and Captain Van Buren, who went out on that road at 4 p.m., will meet them. The last I heard from Captain Cutts, he was at Damascus, and was about starting for Ridgeville. I send another troop to Damascus to cover him.

Very respectfully.

(Signed) THOS. C. DEVIN,

Colonel Sixth New York Cavalry.

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Sept. 10th.-Jackson was reported to be near Frederick with a force of 30,000.

COOKSVILLE, SEPT. 11TH, 1862, 10.30 a.m.



Captain Beardsley. Sixth New York Cavalry, who is posted here, states that John S. Doll, proprietor of the Eutaw House. Baltimore, passed through this place on his way from Frederick to Baltimore, at 1 o'clock last night. He (Doll) states that the main force of the enemy left Frederick yesterday morning for Harrisburg, and that at 1 o'clock yesterday but one division was left at Frederick and that it was preparing to march. The entire numbers 160,000. Jackson has the advance. He met Lee's and Stuart's cavalry at Newmarket, about 1000 men. He also met a squadron about one mile this side of Newmarket, returning to that place. From information obtained, it is believed that this squadron had been to Hood's Mills, two miles from here, on the railroad. We have now a picket at Hood's Mills, nod one company of Sixth New York has gone this morning to Ridgeville by this pike. Nothing has been heard of the enemy here this side of Newmarket since yesterday. Captain Beardsley deems the information of Mr. Doll reliable. He visited Frederick to attend to his family, and was detained at Frederick several days. The railroad bridge over the Monocacy is destroyed. The enemy took the road up the Cumberland Valley.

Very Respectfully

(Signed) D. C. HOUSTON,

Major of Engineers.

Sept. 12th-Marched from Damascus to Frederick,

distant twenty miles, arriving there at 1 p.m. The last of the enemy was just evacuating, and we gave them a few parting




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