Sep. 11, 1862
On to Washington
appears that Gen. Stuart with 700 cavalry actually went within 12 miles of
Washington city on Friday last, the day before the great battle was
fought. He produced a terrible panic and
great stampede, as the following dispatch from Alexandria shows:
Aug. 29—This morning, Stuart’s rebel cavalry made a dash through Fairfax C. H.,
on their way to Vienna, which is about thirteen miles from Washington. The Union people of that section have all
fled to the latter city.
of Vienna were escaping, 700 cavalry having made a descent upon that
place. But one Union man is left in
Vienna, which is only twelve miles from Washington.
private letter from Baltimore says:
Potomac is now fordable at every point—much excitement prevails in Western
Maryland in consequence of the recent incursion by the rebels.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]