War of the Rebellion: Serial 039 Page 0019 Chapter XXXVII. AFFAIR NEAR ROMNEY, W. VA.

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The general, with about 100 of the Michigan Cavalry, has left to look after the rebels. There are now, with the exception of the men on outpost, only 120 available infantry at this post.

By order of General Hays:

R. C. SHRIBER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

Captain R. N. SCOTT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

FEBRUARY 14-16, 1863.-Affair on the Hillsborough Road, Londoun Country, and scout to Leesburg, Va.

Report of Brigadier General Benjamin F. Kelley, U. S. Army.

BALTIMORE, MD.,

February 16, 1863.

Following dispatch received from Brigadier-General Kelley:

HARPER'S FERRY, VA., February 16, 1863.

Night before last, about 11 o'clock, our pickets on the Hillsborough road, about 4 miles out, were attacked by some of [E. V.] White's cavalry, 1 man badly wounded, and 1 captured. I sent out a strong cavalry scout, to scour the country thoroughly, with orders to go as far as Leesburg. The scout has returned, having carried out their orders fully. White had fallen back in the direction of Aldie. Two of his men were captured and brought in. I send them to Baltimore to-morrow. I send a strong cavalry scout to Snicker's Gep to-morrow.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

Lieutenant-Colonel CHESEBROUGHT,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Baltimore.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

Major General H. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

FEBRUARY 16, 1863.-Affair near Romney, W. Va.

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Report of Colonel james Washington, One hundred and sixteenth Ohio Infantry.*

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HARPER'S FERRY, VA.,

February 17, 1863-12.10 p. m.

Following dispatch just received:

ROMNEY, W. VA., February 17, 1863.

It is reported that 2,000 infantry and 400 cavalry are at Moorefield. Through the negligence and carelessness of the officer in command, we had a forage train and guard captured yesterday by a body of rebel cavalry. I have officially reported to General Milroy. I have scouting parties out to learn the position of the enemy.

JAMES WASHBURN,

Colonel, Commanding.

General KELLEY.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

Lieutenant-Colonel CHESEBROUGH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Baltimore, Md.

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* See General Orders, Numbers 29, Headquarters Army of Northern Virginia, February 28, 1863, in "Correspondence, etc.," Part II.

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