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JOHN S. KREPPS, LIEUTENANT COLONEL


Submitted by Karl Kiser.

John S. Krepps
Married 1 - Eliza A. Thornton 1 Jan 1856
She died 23 Jan 1857 Brownsville, PA
Married 2 - Harriett M. Cunningham
 
From Military File,
National Archives
Enlisted 5 Oct 1861 as Major
28 Feb 1862 General Rosecranís Division
Lt. Col. 6 Aug 1862 to date
27 Nov 1862 on leave 30 days in Brownsville, PA
March 1863 sick, Washington DC
Treated 19 Mar- 9 Apr 1863 for hernia
Leave of absence 9 Apr 1863 for 6 days
Special muster roll 12 Apr 1863, under medical care
Returned to duty 20 Apr 1863
Honorably discharged 16 May 1863;
S.O. #85 Department of Washington;
resigned with surgeonís certificate.
Ingunial hernia; labored for the past eight months
when exposed to forced marches & horseback exercise;
no additional records for disability found.
 
From Widow's File,
National Archives, WC-667-456
Harriett C. Krepps; 78 years of age
Applied 27 Apr 1908
Brownsville, Fayette County, PA
Died 23 Oct 1916
Married 4 Apr 1861
Rev R. M. Wallace; Brownsville Presbyterian Church


Submitted by Linda Fluharty.

"The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies"
O.R.-- SERIES I--VOLUME XXV/1 [S# 39]
MARCH 2, 1863.--Skirmish near Aldie, Va.
Reports of Lieut. Col. Robert Johnstone, Fifth New York Cavalry, commanding Cavalry Brigade.

FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE,
March 2, 1863.

     SIR: Fifty men of the First Vermont Cavalry, from Companies H and M, under Captains Huntoon and Woodward, were surprised in Aldie while feeding their horses by about 70 of the enemy. Both captains captured and about 15 men. They saw no enemy but the attacking party.
Major Gilmer has returned with the scouting party that left last night. They were to Middleburg, and saw but I rebel. I have anticipated the report of Lieutenant-Colonel Krepps, now in command, which will be forwarded in probably one hour.

ROBT. JOHNSTONE,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Cavalry Brigade.
Capt. C. H. POTTER,
Assistant Adjutant-General.


HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY BRIGADE,
Fairfax Court-House, Va., March 3, 1863.

SIR: * * * By order of Col. R. B. Price, I directed, on the night of the 1st instant, a reconnaissance to go in direction of Aldie.
     The officer who commanded this reconnaissance was Maj. Joseph Gilmer, of the Eighteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry. He had 200 men. The orders to him were to proceed carefully, and send back couriers through the night with information whether they saw any enemy or not. This last order was disobeyed. They were not to cross Cub Ran until daylight, and then try and gain all information possible by flankers and small detached scouting parties.
     Major Gilmer went to Middleburg, and, while returning, the vedettes of the First Vermont Cavalry noticed a part of his advance, and prepared to skirmish. The advance fell back toward Aldie. Major Gilmer, instead of throwing out a party to reconnoiter, turned off with nearly the whole of his command in the direction of Groveton, to gain Centreville. The horses returned, exhausted from being run at full speed for miles. A few of Major Gilmer's men left his command, and went along the Little River turnpike toward the Vermont detachment. They reported that the men seen were a part of a scouting party under Major Gilmer, and that no enemy were in Aldie. Captain Huntoon then entered the town, and halted to have the horses fed near a mill.
     Immediately beyond was a rising ground, which hid the guerrillas. While the horses were unbridled and feeding, the surprise occurred. As both the officers have been captured, and as the detachment was not under my command and is not attached to this brigade, I have no means of receiving any official or exact report from them, nor is there any one belonging to that detachment here. All men belonging to this detachment seem to have fought well; the enemy did not pursue them; they fell back in good order.
     Major Gilmer, when he returned, was unable to make a report to Lieutenant-Colonel [John S.] Krepps, who, during the time I was confined from sickness, had charge of the camp.
     I ordered Major Gilmer under arrest early this morning, and have sent to Col. R. B. Price charges, of which the annexed is a copy.(*)
     Major Gilmer lost but 1 man, belonging to the Fifth New York Cavalry, who was mortally wounded by the enemy and afterward robbed. He was away from the command and on this side of Aldie, his horse having given out. The enemy seem to have been concealed along the line of march, and murdered this man, when returning, without provocation.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBT. JOHNSTONE,
Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Cavalry Brigade.
Capt. C. H. POTTER,
Assistant Adjutant-General.


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