War of the Rebellion: Serial 028 Page 0062 Chapter XXXI. OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

October 10, 1862-9 p.m.

General W. T. H. BROOKS, Hagerstown:

COMMANDING OFFICER, Cumberland:

COMMANDING OFFICER, Hancock:

Send the following dispatch to General Crook, commanding Cox's division:

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 10, 1862-9 p. m.

Brigadier-General CROOK,

Commanding Cox's Division:

The commanding general directs you to move your command to McConnellsburg, our in such other direction as will best intercept the rebels.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 10, 1862-11. 15.

General W. T. H. BROOKS,

Commanding at Hagerstown:

The general commanding directs that you proceed at once with your

brigade and all the available cavalry of Davis' regiment, to endeavor to intercept and destroy the cavalry force of the rebels which you say has been reported at Green castle. Unless this movement is made rapidly, it is feared the enemy will escape. It has been reported that four regiments of Stuart's cavalry constitute

the force which crossed the river this morning.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

HANCOCK, MD.,

October 10, 1862. (Received 3 p. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General in Chief:

I arrived here with my division at 10 this a. m. Expect to embark

for Clarksburg this evening. Enemy crossed into Maryland near Clear Spring this morning. Force variously estimated from 3,000 to 6,000 cavalry and one battery; no infantry. I have my cavalry watching their movements.

Very respectfully,

GEORGE CROOK,

Brigadier-General, Commanding

HANCOCK, MD., October 10, 1862- 6.20 p. m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

My cavalry has returned. They verify the previous statements.

Enemy passed on the Cove road toward Pennsylvania.

GEORGE CROOK,

Brigade-General.