HEADQUARTERS NEW JERSEY BRIGADE,
October 16 .
In forwarding this report I have to mention the prompt conduct of my aide, Captain Wilson, who, hurrying to the spot, took the guards near by and swept the ground of combat.
OCTOBER 16, 1861.-Skirmish at Bolivar Heights, near Harper's Ferry, W. Va.
Numbers 1.-Major General Nathaniel P. Banks, U. S. Army.
Numbers 2.-Colonel John W. Geary, Twenty-eight Pennsylvania Infantry.
Numbers 3.-Major J. P. Gould, Thirteenth Massachusetts Infantry.
Numbers 4.-Captain Henry Bertram, Third Wisconsin Infantry.
Numbers 5.-Captain George J. Whitman, Third Wisconsin Infantry.
Numbers 6.-Lieutenant Moses O'Brien, Third Wisconsin Infantry.
Numbers 7.-Lieutenant Colonel Turner Ashby, C. S. Army.
Numbers 1. Report of Major General Nathaniel P. Banks, U. S. Army.
HEADQUARTERS CAMP NEAR DARNESTOWN,
October 20, 1861.
SIR: I have the honor to forward for the information of the commanding-general a report in detail, received last evening from Colonel Geary, of the skirmishes was complete, and the work for which our troops occupied the town was successfully carried out.
I have the honor to be, which respect, your obedient servant,
N. P. BANKS,
Major-General, Commanding Division.
Brigadier-General MARCY, Chief of Staff, &c.
Numbers 2. Report of Colonel John W. Geary, Twenty-eight Pennsylvania Infantry.
HDQRS. TWENTY-EIGHT REGIMENT PA. VOLS,
Camp Tyndale, Point of Rocks, Md., October 18, 1861.
SIR: On the 8th instant Major J. P. Gould, of the Thirteenth Massachusetts Volunteers, acting under orders of Major-General Banks, crossed the Potomac at Harper's Ferry to seize a quantity of wheat held by the rebels at that point. Three companies of the Third Wisconsin Volunteers, and a section of the Rhode Island battery, under Captain Tompkins, were ordered to report to Major Gould, for the purpose of assisting in and covering the necessary movements of the operation.