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ments. I have reason to believe, also, that the system is injurious to discipline, as it offers to all discounted or worthless men in the regiments a refuge from the results of their bad conduct. The number of men so required for the regular artillery of this army is 896.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

HENRY J. HUNT,

Brigadier-General, Chief of Artillery.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. MIDDLE DEPT., 8TH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 55.

Baltimore, Md., November 2, 1863.

Paragraph I, of General Orders, Numbers 53,* from these headquarters, is modified so as to read as follows:

I. That all provost marshals and other military officers are to prevent all disturbance and violence at or about the polls, whether offered by such persons as above described, or by any other person or persons whomsoever.

By command of Major-General Schenck:

WM. H. CHESEBROUGH,

Lieutenant-Colonel, and Asst. Adjt. General

PARKERSBURG, W. VA., November 2, 1863-9. 30 a. m.

(Received 10. 20 a. m.)

Brigadier General G. W. CULLUM,

Chief of Staff:

Just arrived here on my return from Kanawha. The expedition is moving. The following telegrams from Brigadier-General Sullivan received here:

HARPER'S FERRY, W. VA.,

October 28, 1863.

Captain MELVIN,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Clarksburg:

Colonel Boyd has returned from his scout through Front Royal and Strasburg, bringing in 1 major, 1 captain, 2 lieutenants, and 18 privates; 1 four-horse Confederate team and wagon, filled with army goods, valued at $10,000. Imboden's camp on the 25th was near Bridgewater, and Colonel Rosser, with a brigade of cavalry, was within 6 miles of Front Royal. The Shenandoah at Front Royal is not fordable for artillery. I need cavalry horses.

JER. C. SULLIVAN,

Brigadier-General.

HARPER'S FERRY, W. VA.,

November 1, 1863-2. 30 p. m.

Captain T. MELVIN,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Clarksburg:

A scout returned from Middletown and White Post, bringing in 8 prisoners and a lieutenant. No force in the valley of any size; some small squads only.

JER. C. SULLIVAN,

Brigadier-General.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

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*Of October 27.

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