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templated. Stuart proceeded to Chambersburg and destroyed some railroad property, after which he returned safely to the south side of the river. The news caused consternation in Gen. McClellan's army as well as in the War Department at Washington.
McCoy's Ford is a short distance above the Williamsport fording near Cherry Run. The correspondence is interesting, especially that of Gen. Lee and Gen. Wade Hampton, as the latter discloses how he captured the pickets at McCoy's crossing under the instructions of the former.
Green Springs, Va., October 10, 1862, 7 p.m.Brigadier General Marcy, Chief of Staff:
Major Linton reports as follows: Lieutenant (Allen J.) Boyle has just returned. He went to Fairview, and then to Furnace within 1 mile of McCoy's Ferry. He recovered one of the flags of the Signal Corps. He reports that from various sources, all coinciding, it appears that four regiments of cavalry, with four pieces of artillery, crossed at McCoy's Ferry this morning, and went straight to the pike, which they crossed at Kline's, inquiring the road to Pennsylvania. Two miles from the pike they turned to the right, along a road which would head them back to the pike between Hagerstown and Clear Spring. It was said to be Stuart's cavalry, and was generally estimated from 3,000 to 4,000 strong. They left no infantry or artillery behind, at McCoys, but squad of infantry can be observed on the Virginia side of the Potomac. The cavalry said their infantry would cross at Cherry Run. They crossed at daybreak this morning.
J. P. LINTON, Major.Imboden, I have just learned, is at Wardensville, 47 miles from here. Shall I go after him, or can I reach Williamsport, 64 miles, in time to do any good! If I go to Wardensville I might get through Manassas Gap, if there is not too much force there for me. Please reply.
WM. W. AVERELL, Brigadier General.Col. J. M. Campbell, commanding 54th P. V.:
Cherry Run, Va., Oct. 11, 1862.
I have the honor to report that I dispatched Lieut. Geisinger of Co. H, 54th P. V. to Maryland this morning with instructions to ascertain the strength, present position and probable future movements of the force of the enemy which crossed the Potomac yesterday.
Lieut. Geisinger reports that he proceeded as far as Clear Spring, and that from citizens and United States troops he discovered that it appeared the force which passed the Potomac consisted of two thousand cavalry and three pieces of artillery. They advanced as he was informed rapidly as far as Chambers-