War of the Rebellion: Serial 028 Page 0091 Chapter XXXI. RECONNAISSANCE TO CHARLESTOWN, ETC.

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Hill, with a strong force. This is from the investigation of Lieutenant Bowen. The enemy left one limber with us. He disabled one piece of our horses artillery; have only there.

Your obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

General MARCY, Commanding.

OCTOBER 17, 1862-10 a. m

MAJOR: An intelligent negro who had been taken prisoner from us, and since been employed as a waiter to a captain of the Seventh Virginia Cavalry, arrived here this morning from Berryville. He left there last night. There is one regiment of cavalry and four pieces of artillery between here and Berryville; at and near Berryville, the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Twelfth Virginia Cavalry; no infantry up to last night; a wagon train of 100 wagons at the junction of the Berryville appears to be the same as yesterday.

I send a note containing other information received from same source.

Your obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

Major WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTOWN, October [17], 1862.

I have it from reliable authority, I think, that the enemy are in force at Winchester and Bunker Hill. My informant, a good Union man, certified to by Colonel Miles, a Northern man, says they are sending their wagons here every day and taking all the flour and wheat they can find in the country. They are destroying the railroad between here and Winchester. They were expected here to-day for the same purpose. He says there are from 800 to 1,000 cavalry about here and five guns. They have an encampment of cavalry several regiments 3 miles from here on the Berryville road. This gentleman says there is a very large force between Bunker Hill and Winchester, although he says he thinks they are "packing up," preparatory to a move. This gentleman says he is certain that the enemy were at Winchester yesterday.

Your obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

Major WALKER

P. S.-This gentleman is Mr. Riddle, brother-in-law to Colonel Strother (Porte Crayon).

HEADQUARTERS HANCOCK'S DIVISION,

Harper's Ferry, Va., October 22, 1862.

MAJOR: On the 16th instant, in obedience to instructions, I marched toward Charlestown, Va., with my division and 1,500 men of other divisions, under command of Colonel W. R. Lee, Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteers, and a force of cavalry, with a battery of four guns (horse artillery), Colonel Devin being in command thereof. The advance, under