1098 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. (CHAP. XLVIIL
When the general commanding takes into consideration the dis-
parity in numbers of the troops engaged, the many disadvantages
under which my men labored, their hard marches, their want of
supplies, their numerous privations, and the cheerfulness with which
these were borne, he will, I trust, be satisfied with the results accom-
I have the honor to be, very respectfully,
Report of Brig. Gen. Thomas L. Rosser, C. S. Army, commanding
brigade, of operations May 15.
MAY 15, 1864.
I have just returned from an expedition in rear of the enemy's
position, and as General Hampton is not here, think it well to re-
port directly to you.
Near Piney Creek Church I found this morning a brigade of
cavalry, which, after a brisk skirmish, I drove to the plank road,
about 2i miles below Chancellorsville, below the Catharpin road,
where I met a small force of infantry at Mr. Alrich's. Not more than
a regiment was seen. Captured a few prisoners, who reported the
Ninth Corps at this place. I then moved to the right, passing down
the Ny River to Mr. Armstrong's, where I found a new road cut by
the enemy,'leading out into the Spotsylvania Court-House and Fred-
ericksburg road, passing between the poor house and Mr. Harris'.
Pressing down upon this road (which is almost impassable) I ran
upon the Second Corps (so reported by the prisoners captured), which
was just going into camp just to the right of the poor house. In
going to this point I passed in rear of the enemy's line for some dis-
tance, the right of which rests at this time (I think it will be moved
to-niglA) on the heights opposite Captain Brown's place (Mr. Rowe
lives there now). All wagons, cattle, &c., which have been on the
plank road have been moved off toward Fredericksburg. There is
nothing but a few cavalry near Chancellorsville, one brigade head-
quarters at Zion Church, about 34- miles from Chancellorsville, on
the old pike.
Col. W. H. TAYLOR.
Report of Capt. R. B. Kennon, Assistant Inspector-General, of oper-
ations May 5.
CATHARPIN ROAD, May 5, 1864.
GENERAL : Brigadier-General. Rosser directs me to say that he
met the enemy (reported to be Kilpatrick's old division) 2 miles
below Allmand's. He charged the picket and drove it back On the
THOS. L. ROSSER,