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the occasion, and not intended to be a permament addition to the force General Roberts has. Roberts, I understand, will be relieved, and General Averell sent to me.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

BALTIMORE,

May 16, 1863-10.40 p.m.

Brigadier-General KELLEY, Grafton, Va.;

General Averell has reported, and will proceed on Monday to Weston to relieve Roberts. He will see you by Tuesday morning. Then you can arrange for recalling Kenly's command, and you will have to get back yourself this way. It is my impression we shall soon have business in the Valley. The Twelfth Pennsylvania Cavalry must return to Elliott as soon as it can be sent. Communicate with Smith, master of transportatioin, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, for any transportation you may want.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

WINCHESTER,

May 16, 1863

Major-General SCHENCK:

First New York were promptly sent out this morning on the reception of your first dispatch.

The bush whackers are very annoying around here, and have fired on trains and persons several times between this and Berryville recently. IT is rumored among the rebs that Jones' force are arriving back in the Valley, and that Jenkins is at Wardensville.

It is said Jones got 1,500 conscripts in Western Virginia, and armed them from Staunton.

What do you think of the policy of requiring all persons to take the oath, or move south of our lines immediately? I am very tired of living in the midst of treason.

R. H. MILROY,

Major-General, Commanding.

BALTIMORE,

May [16], 1863-12 p.m.

Major-General MILROY, Winchester, Va.:

Yes. Put the traitorous and mischievous beyond our lines. I suspect you may have enough to do soon. I shall order back from the west some of your troops. Kelley is directed to send you the Twelfth Pennsylvania Cavalry as soon as it can be done.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 17, 1863.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I have just received from Asst. Surg. W. Webster, U. S. Army, who was sent yesterday to United States Ford to recover the