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Whittaker, Frederick, 1838-1889 / A complete life of Gen. George A. Custer: Major-General of Volunteers; Brevet Major-General, U.S. Army; and Lieutenant-Colonel, Seventh U.S. Calvery

Fourth book.--The Michigan brigade. Chapter I. The Gettysburg campaign,   pp. [167]-180

Page [167]

                    CHAPTER I.
HTIE first fight at Aldie on the 16th June was succeeded by
      four days of skirmishing and scouting, during which
Pleasonton united his two divisions under Gregg and Buford,
and Stuart brought up such of his forces as he could get together.
On the 19th, the brigade of ;Colonel Gregg, a brother of
G-eneral Gregg, and that of Kilpatrick, had a second fight near
A-ldie, in which they again drove the enemy, this time into
Middleburg; and on the 21st, Pleasonton arriving, drove the
enemy about eight miles further and took from them  three
ulls and a lot of prisoners. So far as can be found, the Con-
f-ederate forces in this last battle were inferior in number to
the National forces, but the results were none the less inspirit-
Ang to the cavalry. Three victories under any circulsnstances
erem comforting, still more so to men who were depressed
iti spirit from the long succession of disasters that had followed
the Army of the Potomac. In the meantime, the greater part
of Stuart's forces were already over the border, and it became
4vtecessary to follow them. The battles at the gap had prevented
Lee from crossing his army at Poolesville, below  Harper's
Feiry, and he was compelled to cross above the latter place,
& laggerstown. The Union army followed by way of Pooles-
ville, and when it arrived at Frederick, Md., Hooker was replaced
by Meade, and the two armies concentrated at Gettysburg.

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