about 5 miles from here, between the Frederick and Rockville roads, watching an opportunity to escape. One of the men says that he saw a farmer in that vicinity taking provisions to them at midnight, and also saw three or four of the rebels take the provisions from the farmer. Their number cannot be ascertained, but it is not very small, from what I can learn. They are some Stuart left behind, or that got cut off when he made the last raid over here.
J. L. CHERY,
P. S.-No troops here.
GEO. B. McCLELLAN,
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, November 4, 1862.
Respectfully forwarded to Major-General Heintzelman, to take measures to ascertain the truth of the statement.
By order of Major-General Halleck:
J. C. KELTON,
HEADQUARTERS DEFENSES OF WASHINGTON, November 4, 1862.
Respectfully referred to Brigadier-General Wadsworth, military governor, District of Washington, who is directed to send a cavalry force to ascertain the truth of this statement, and to report the result.
By command of Major-General Heintzelman:
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DISTRICT, Washington, November 4, 1862.
Respectfully referred to the commanding officer of Scott's cavalry, forthwith to ascertain the truth of the within statement by sending a company of cavalry to the locality. Return this, with a report of the result.
By command of Brigadier-General Wadsworth:
JOHN P. SHERBURNE,
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DISTRICT, Washington, November 6, 1862.
Respectfully returned, with inclosed report.
JAS. S. WADSWORTH,
CAMP RELIEF, MERIDIAN HILL, Washington City, D. C., November 6, 1862.
Colonel JAMES B. SWAIN,
Commanding Regiment (Scott's Nine Hundred):
SIR: I have the honor to make the following report of a detachment of one officer, non-commissioned officers, and privates, belonging to Scott's regiment (Nine Hundred), sent out under my charge:
My instructions upon leaving here were to proceed to White Plains woods, to ascertain the whereabouts of some rebel cavalry, said to be