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    Confederate raider John Mosby's train raid at Catlett's Station: Letter written by Lieut. Moses W. Leach, 12th Vermont Infantry.
    A 4 page letter in pencil is headed, "Union Mills, Virginia, June 1st, 1863". Mosby's train raid had just taken place on May 30th and Lt. Leach had been close by. Reads in part:

    "We have had to move around considerable. We have had a little raid near our old station. Our company was detailed to go as guard the next morning."

    "Mosby came in through the woods and got a long piece of telegraph wire and hitched at each end of a rail and had the spikes drawn out, and when the train came in sight, they pulled the rails out that let the engine off from the track."

    "The place they chose to operate was in a slight cut which prevented a very heavy shock to the train."

    "There was about one hundred Cavalry besides two pieces of artillery with men to man the guns. They commenced firing on the train as soon as it came in range."

    "There was a train of 10 cars loaded principally with forage for the Stoneman's Cavalry. There was some sutlers' stores on the train, and the mail for Stoneman's Cavalry among the ruins."

    "There was a large quantity of mail types. The engine was christened with the name of Fred Leach. She had just come out of the repair shop. It had been running down on the Aquia Creek Road."

    "There was a guard from the 15th on the train. They cut & run for the woods and did not try and make a stand. They are hooted by all."

    Leach then mentions some of his friends in the 1st Vermont Cavalry that chased Mosby:

    "Ira Monroe was in the chase after Mosby and had a horse shot from under him."

    "John Hazelton (Lieut. in Co. H) led the charge of the Vermont boys and it was a bold one."

    "The orderly Cory (Job Cory, Co. H) was shot. He had 8 ball holes through him."

    Leach closes by mentioning the regimental Chaplain and sends to his wife, "In haste accept much love from your friend and husband, M. W. Leach". Mosby's early morning attack was on the Orange and Alexandria railroad line just north of Catlett's Station, Virginia. It was Mosby's plan to disrupt the lines of supply to the Army of the Potomac and force the North to divert badly needed Cavalry units to counter his hit and run operations. In fine condition. From the Calvin Packard Civil War Battlefield Letter Collection.

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