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[CHAP. XXXIII.

They captured the train, and, I think, the cavalry. One of our men killed. I have started Lieutenant Myers in pursuit. Train and stores are retaken.

JAS. A. MULLIGAN,

Captain MELVIN,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Cumberland, Md.

MOOREFIELD, W. VA., January 6, 1863.

SIR: With the battery and 1,300 cavalry and infantry, I moved against the camp of the enemy at daybreak. He had fled a few hours before. His strength was 3,000. No enemy threatens Moorefield. What are your further instructions?

JAS. A. MULLIGAN.

General KELLEY,

Commanding, &c., Harper's Ferry, Va.

Numbers 3. Reports of Colonel James Washburn, One hundred and sixteenth Ohio Infantry.

MOOREFIELD, January 3, 1863.

We were attacked at this place this morning. I sent my train from Petersburg to New Creek. Can you send a force out to protect the train? All the force from Petersburg are here. The probability is that a large force of the enemy are marching on this place via Petersburg.

JAMES WASHBURN,

Colonel, Commanding Forces.

General KELLEY, Harper's Ferry.

MOOREFIELD, January 4, 1863.

Mulligan has just come up. We have ten pieces of artillery now. I have just received a dispatch from Captain Keys that he was expecting an attack from the force in our rear. There is a large force in our rear upon the Wardensville road. We have scouts out in all directions; also well picketed in every direction.

JAMES WASHBURN,

Colonel, Commanding Forces.

General KELLEY.

Numbers 4. Report of Lieutenant Barna Powell, Adjutant Third West Virginia Cavalry.

MOOREFIELD, January 3-7 p.m.

SIR: Colonel Washburn moved from Petersburg here to-day with all the force at Petersburg. We are virtually surrounded by 500 rebel