Report of Brig. Gen. George D. Bayard, U. S. Army, commanding Cavalry, of operations June 1-13.
MAY 15--JUNE 17, 1862.--Operations in the Shenandoah Valley.
O.R.-- SERIES I--VOLUME 15 [S# 15]

CAMP AT HARRISONBURG, VA. ,
June 7, 1862.

Maj. SAMUEL BRECK,
Assistant Adjutant-General.

       MAJOR: I write for instructions. Am I to stay here? Am I to regard myself as belonging to General Frémont's army? If not, what am I to do?
       Colonel Wyndham was ambuscaded yesterday. He was taken prisoner, the regimental colors lost, and 30 men, including Captains Shelmire, Clark, and Haines.
       Colonel Kane had a fight with a regiment of infantry. He was wounded and taken prisoner; also Captains Taylor and Blanchard and Lieutenant Swayne wounded. He lost 25 men. The Bucktails fought splendidly.
       We have had the advance ever since we have been here, and have taken about 300 prisoners and released about 40 of Banks' men. We are utterly used up, except Lieutenant Hall's Griffin guns and the Bucktails.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. D. BAYARD,
Brigadier-General, Commanding.


CAMP NEAR MANASSAS, VA.,
June 20, 1862.

Maj. SAMUEL BRECK,
Asst. Adjt. Gen., Department of the Rappahannock.

       MAJOR: I have the honor to report that, agreeably to General McDowell's order, on June 1 last I proceeded toward Strasburg, with a view of attacking Jackson's train as it passed. Instead of the train being protected by nothing but cavalry, as reported, heavy masses of infantry, artillery, and cavalry were all plainly discernible, drawn up in commanding positions around the town-- a force so largely exceeding my own that an attack was utterly out of the question. The enemy threw a couple of shells at us, and just before dark I withdrew my forces from the Strasburg side of the Shenandoah and encamped. Col. T. L. Kane, commanding the Bucktail Battalion, was posted so as to protect the railroad bridge across the river. I was that evening Joined by Capt. James A. Hall with four Griffin guns from General Ricketts' brigade.
       The next morning early the town was reconnoitered by Lieutenant Colonels Kargé and Kane, and finding it abandoned by the enemy, they moved in and occupied it. I moved through the town, and hearing that General Frémont was advancing I rode out and reported to him. He assigned me the advance, when I immediately pressed on to Colonel Wyndham's support, who was already pressing on toward the enemy. For the particulars of the pursuit I have the honor to refer you to the detailed reports of Colonel Jones and Lieutenant-Colonel Kargé.
       The brigade has seen hard service and the men have done well, and it will certainly require at least a week to again get men or horses in the condition they were three weeks ago.
       Last Sunday, agreeably to your order, we moved from Mount Jackson to rejoin the forces of General McDowell's department, and arrived here on Thursday, June 19.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. D. BAYARD,
Brigadier-General, Commanding.

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