War of the Rebellion: Serial 040 Page 0279 Chapter XXXVII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HARRISBURG, April 28, 1863.

(Received 12.40 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

It is reported to me that the rebels have taken and now hold Morgantown in force. Please say if you have any information, and if force will be sent on if it is true. We have no force in the State, and you could send troops before we could organize any.


[Governor of Pennsylvania.


Washington, April 28, 1863.

Honorable A. G. CURTIN,

Harrisburg, Pa.:

I do not think the people of Pennsylvania should be uneasy about an invasion. Doubtless a small force of the enemy is flourishing about in the norther part of Virginia on the "scewhorn" principle, on purpose to divert us in another quarter. I believe it is nothing more. We think we have adequate force close after them.


COLUMBUS, OHIO, April 28, 1863.

(Received April 29-9.20 a. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

We have sent for the protection of Wheeling three companies of the Governor's Guards, and one two-gun battery from Camp Chase; 100 and 300 from Johnson's Island; in all, 850.

This force, I doubt not, will be sufficient to "bag" the enemy if General Schenck sends sufficient force from the east to prevent their escape.


Governor of Ohio.


April 28, 1863-3 a. m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,


A messenger has just arrived from Uniontown, Pa., who reports a large force of rebels at Morgantown. As he has come from troops, I deem it proper to inform you the road from Wheeling to Cumberland has been broken up.


Lieutenant-Colonel and Deputy Quartermaster-General.


Washington, April 28, 1863.

Major-General SCHENCK, Baltimore, Md.:

You should concentrate forces on the rear of Jones' raid, so as to cut off his return. Elliot must be kept advised as much as possible of