War of the Rebellion: Serial 015 Page 0028 Chapter XXIV. OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD.

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[Numbers 5.]

WINCHESTER, April 17, 1862.

Major-General FREMONT:

Blenker has 138 four-horse teams for twelve regiments and three batteries. Will require thirty-six ambulances and some fresh horses.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Brigadier-General.

[Numbers 6.]

HARPER'S FERRY, April 19, 1862.

Major-General FREMONT:

Must have 42 horses sent to Martinsburg to move the batteries. Cannot get them from Washington.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Brigadier-General.

[Numbers 7.]

HARPER'S FERRY, April 19, 1862.

Major-General FREMONT:

We are bivouacked 5 miles out of Winchester, after thirty-eight days without tents or shelter. Troops wanting shoes too badly to move.

Wait for shoes, provisions, and forage. Horses much jaded and nearly starved.

W. S. ROSECRANS,

Brigadier-General.

[Numbers 8.]

McDOWELL, May 8, 1862.

(Received May 9, 7.30 a. m.)

Colonel ALBERT TRACY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

There is not a particle of forage here. The last has given out, and all the horses of cavalry, artillery, and others have been without food to-day. The place is otherwise untenable and unfit for military defense. The rebels have appeared on the hills overlooking us to-day and we have shelled them and had skirmishing, with no particular result. i have permitted General Milroy to go up to the mountain with four regiments to prevent the planting of a battery which might shell us out and perhaps a night attack. I hope this may prove a diversion in our favor, but we cannot hold such a place without a very large force against superior numbers, and at all in the present destitution of forage. If our horses starve a day longer they will not be able to draw sway the train or carry us off. I greatly retreat the necessity of this conclusion, but i believe every officer here concurs in my views.

R. C. SCHENCK,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[Numbers 9.]

McDOWELL, May 8, 1862.

(Received Petersburg, May 9, 7.30 a. m.)

Colonel ALBERT TRACY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

It is now 11.30 p. m. The reconnaissance of Milroy this afternoon became a sharp engagement, in which we lost several killed and per-