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Colonel Boyd. The 21st in the Shenandoah Valley :
Charlestown, W. Va., Nov. 19, 1863.Captain : * * In obedience to instructions from division headquarters, I left this place at 3 a. m. on Sunday, 15th instant, with about 700 of my command, composed of detachments from * * and the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry. * * The command was supplied with four days' rations and forage (two days' being in wagons). We marched to Strasburg the first day ; distance, 41 miles.
(Nov. 16th.) Started at daylight next morning and reached Woodstock about 10 a. m. ; distance, 12 miles. Here my advance guard, Companies A and C of the 1st New York came upon the enemy's pickets, about 20 in number, and drove them out of town. Capturing the mail-carrier with a large mail for the South, also a lieutenant (Hamman) of the 10th Virginia Infantry and a wagon with four barrels of apple brandy intended for Imboden's camp. I had intended to feed at the latter place and send my wagons back with a guard, but the enemy kept our advance so much occupied that I deemed it impracticable.
On reaching Edenburg, 5 miles south of Woodstock, my advance encountered a company of rebel cavalry stationed at that place on picket, and after a sharp skirmish drove them out of town. Here my advance halted, and Captain Stevenson, (Co. C), sent me word that camp fires were visible along the base of the mountain to the left of the town, which proved to be correct, they were only the fires of the company on picket which had been driven out of the town.
A few miles beyond Edenburg the rebels made another stand in a piece of woods, but we drove them again, this time with the saber ; here some of the men who had fast horses indulged in the chase a little too far, and the rebels finding them unsupported, turned on them, and before they could reach the main guard 3 of them, whose horses were run down, were captured and 1 man killed. My advance was now within a mile of Mount Jackson and I ordered them to advance, continually throwing out skirmishers. On approaching within a quarter of a mile of the town, the skirmishers were fired upon by a piece