Maj. Gen. J. E. B.
General: I left our point of rendezvous
yesterday for the purpose of making a night attack on two cavalry
companies of the enemy on the Maryland shore.
Had I succeeded in crossing the river at night, as I expected, I would
have had no difficulty in capturing them; but, unfortunately, my guide
mistook the road, and, instead of crossing by 11 o clock at night, I did
not get over until after daylight.
The enemy (between 80 and 100 strong), being apprised of my movement, were
formed to receive me.
A charge was ordered, the shock of which the enemy could not resist, and
they were driven several miles in confusion, with the loss of 7 killed, a
considerable number wounded, and 17 prisoners; also 20 odd horses or more.
We burned their tents, stores, camp equipage, &c.
I regret the loss of 2 brave officers killed--Captain Brawner and
Lieutenant [George H.] Whitescarver. I also had 1 man wounded.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNO. S. MOSBY,
Major of Partisan Rangers