War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0728 OPERATIONS IN N. VA. W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLIX.

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CHRISTIANSBURG, May 10, 1864.

General S. COOPER:

The enemy drove me to-day from the New River bridge. I have fallen back to this place. I will oppose their advance toward the east,but my force is inadequate to keep them back. General Breckinridge, at Staunton, informs me that he can send no aid. The enemy has twelve regiments infantry, two regiments of cavalry, and fifteen pieces artillery, under the command of General George Crook. This force independent of the cavalry force under Averell that has gone toward Saltville.

JOHN McCAUSLAND,

Colonel, Commanding.

NEW RIVER BRIDGE, May 10, 1864.

(Received 9.20 a. m.)

General S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General:

Colonel McCausland, now commanding, respectfully asks whether his dispatch* of last night has been received, and if so whether you have any instructions. Please reply at once.

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

RICHMOND, VA., May 10, 1864.

Major CHARLES S. STRINGFELLOW:

Colonel McCausland's dispatch was duly received. You will please inform him that no instructions can be sent him. He is best acquainted with the necessities of his case and must act according to his best judgment. It is impossible to send him re-enforcements. General W. E. Jones was ordered (after General Breckinridge left) to co-operate with Jenkins in protecting the lead mines and salt-works. He should be communicate with from your headquarters if possible.

S. COOPER,

Adjutant and Inspector General.

GUINEY'S STATION DEPOT, May 11, 1864.

General BRECKINRIDGE:

Just heard that Averell has cut Virginia and Tennessee Railroad at Dublin. It may be necessary for you to return to protect Lynchburg, &c. You must judge.

R. E. LEE,

General.

WOODSTOCK, May 11, 1864.

Major General J. C. BRECKINRIDGE:

The enemy moved their main camp up to Cedar Creek yesterday evening. No other change. They are so located and the valley so

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*See p. 44.

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