War of the Rebellion: Serial 040 Page 0349 Chapter XXXVII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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BALTIMORE, MD.,

May 1, 1863-2.30 p. m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

Following just received from New Creek, dated 1.30 p. m.:

Lieutenant-Colonel CHESEBROUGH, Assistant Adjutant-General:

General Kenly has just arrived at Grafton; will push right on to Clarksburg by rail as far as he can with safety, then debark and march by turnpike. I will order him to attack and raise the siege at once. Mulligan will move by my old route to Philippi, on east side of the river, and cut off their retreat by the Beverly and Fairmont turnpike. He will not move, however, till I hear something definite from Roberts. Everything looks well now. The enemy have completely surrounded Roberts, but had not attempted to attack him up to last advices.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK.

BALTIMORE,

May 1, 1863.

Major-General MILROY, Winchester, Va.:

Hold the best regiment of Elliott's cavalry in readiness for immediate service on the railroad west.

Report immediately by telegraph the number fit for duty in the regiment.

By order:

WM. H. CHESEBROUGH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WINCHESTER, VA.,

May 1, 1863.

Colonel CHESEBROUGH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Baltimore:

Elliott's cavalry, rank and file, fit for duty, 790. Kelley reported rebel cavalry near Bath last evening. I sent Major McGee with three companies of Virginia cavalry, to reconnoiter that country early this morning.

R. H. MILROY,

Major-General.

BALTIMORE,

May 1, 1863.

Brigadier-General KELLEY, New Creek, Va.:

Must send cavalry west on railroad. order Fourteenth Pennsylvania ready immediately at Martinsburg to take cars I will send.

Telegraph strength, and how soon can send detachment Fourteenth New Jersey to Martinsburg.

WM. H. CHESEBROUGH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

BALTIMORE, MD.,

May 1, 1863.

General MILROY, Winchester, Va.:

Must send cavalry west on railroad. At what earliest hour to-day can the Twelfth or Thirteenth Pennsylvania be at Martinsburg to take