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[CHAP. XLI.

CLARKSBURG,

September 10, 1863.

Brigadier-General AVERELL,

Beverly:

Colonel Campbell reports that his cavalry captured 6 of Imboden's men at Moorefield yesterday. From these prisoners he received such information as leads him to the belief that the late attack on Moorefield was only a feint to cover a movement farther west. Keep your scouts well out and on the alert. Do you know if Jackson's forces have returned to Huntersville?

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE SUSQUEHANNA,

Chambersburg, September 10, 1863.

Colonel J. C. KELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army Headquarters:

I respectfully state, for the information of the General-in-Chief, that the enemy are apparently making preparations for a movement of some kind into Pennsylvania. Their spies have been through this county within a few days. My impression is that a raid is intended.

The General-in-Chief is aware that my force is small, one company of infantry, one battery, and three companies of horse in this county; two of cavalry and one of infantry at Gettysburg and vicinity.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. N. COUCH,

Major-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY AND DISTRICT OF N. C., Numbers 12.

New Berne, N. C., September 10, 1863.

In accordance with the views of the major-general commanding the Department of Virginia and North Carolina, Eighteenth Army Corps, are hereby transferred to Chaplain James. He will take possession of all unoccupied lands on the island, and lay them out and assign them, according to his own discretion, to the families of colored soldiers, to invalids, and other blacks in the employ of the Government, giving them full possession of the same until annulled by the Government or by due process of United States law.

The authority of Chaplain James will be respected in all matters relating to the welfare of the colony.

By command of Major-General Peck:

BENJ. B. FOSTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.