War of the Rebellion: Serial 044 Page 0026 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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town Ford into Virginia, and also a large drove of beeves . This plunder is guarded from Shepherdstown by infantry, which, after a short absence, returns . A thousand good cavalry would destroy this plundering, and deprive the rebels of any advantage in that respect. Captain [George D.]Summers went into Frederick about 5 p. m. yesterday, and drove out about 30 rebels of any thirty minutes with from 200 to 300 cavalry, and drove Summers out. I am inclined to think Lieutenant Martindale underestimated the enemy by from 7, 000 to 10, 000 men . I hope to have reliable information this afternoon.

Dan. Tyler,

Brigadier -General.

Occupied the entire day in inspecting the troops and fornications ; and having become satisfied I could hold the place, telegraphed

Major-General Hooker as follows:

Headquarters, Maryland Heights, June 22, 1863.

Major -General Hooker, Commanding Army of the Potomac:

I have just made an inspection of the troops and fortifications. I expect to hold Maryland Heights against any force that will be brought against it. If I had from 500 to 750 good cavalry in addition to my present force, I could greatly annoy the enemy, who is now collecting supplies in the region about Sharpsburg, but my cavalry is insufficient to interfere with his plundering.

Dan. Tyler,


Headquarters Army of the Potomac, June 22, 1863.

General Tyler:

I believe all your telegrams have been received. I am rejoiced to hear of your ability to hold your position . Communicate first evidence of the enemy to march infantry north of the Potomac . I will take his guerilla cavalry in had shortly. Forward all news of position, movements, &c., fully as convenient .

Joseph Hooker,


At 5 o'clock, having received important information from Captain Daniels, signal officer, whom I had sent on the old Antietam battleground with an escort and with his best instruments, I telegraphed as follows:

Headquarters, Maryland Heights, June 22, 1863-5p. m.

Major-General Hooker, Commanding Army of the Potomac:

The signal officer, Captain Daniels, took one of his large glasses, and approached within 4 miles of Sharpsburg, and reports as follows:"The enemy has been crossing the Maryland side all day, and are yet bringing over artillery and baggage wagons . Lieutenant Marindale says that many of the camps are gone that were here yesterday . We counted two hundred wagons on the road moving toward Boonsborough. We are going out toward Rohresville east across the mountain to make observations there . I think there are now 30, 000 or 40, 000 troops in an around Sharpsburg. "

Dan. Tyler,


The above being corroborated by Lieutenant New, First New York Cavalry, I telegraphed as follows about 6 p. m.:

Headquarters, Maryland Heights, June 22, 1863 -6 p. m.

Major -General Hooker, Commanding Army of the Potomac:

Lieutenant New, of the First New York Cavalry, has just returned from the lookout . Says he could see the ford at Shepherdstown and all the troops about Sharpsburg. He reports a cavalry and artillery column as passing the ford from 7, 30 a. m. to 12 noon. The artillery consisted of two batteries . A portion of them passed through Sharpsburg, in the direction of Broonsborough. I have two officers out now