HDQRS. DEPT. OF VA. AND N. C., Numbers 113.
Fort Monroe, Va., November 10, 1863.
* * * * *
VII. Colonel S. P. Spear, Eleventh Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry, is hereby placed in command of the cavalry forces at Portsmouth, consisting of the following regiments: Eleventh Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry, Fifth Regiment Pennsylvania Cavalry, and Twentieth Regiment New York Cavalry.
* * * * *
By command of Major-General Foster:
CLARKSBURG, W. VA., November 10, 1863.
(Received 4. 15 p. m.)
Brigadier General G. W. CULLUM,
Chief of Staff:
The following telegram just received from General Sullivan:
HARPER'S FERRY, W. VA.,
November 10, 1863-7. 30 a. m.
Brigadier General B. F. KELLEY:
Colonel Boyd has returned, having gone to Woodstock. He brings in 21 prisoners. White and Gilmor are reported at Edenburg. Imboden has gone farther down the valley. He is afraid to meet my cavalry. It is reported a regiment of infantry is encamped in Little Fort Valley. The cavalry of this division is becoming very effective and strong enough to keep the railroad secure.
JER. C. SULLIVAN,
B. F. KELLEY,
HEADQUARTERS FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,
November 11, 1863.
Lieutenant Colonel C. ROSS SMITH:
I sent in a dispatch last night by Lieutenant Mackenzie. He lost it. It contained no information of the enemy. I inclose* Devin's report.
Merritt sent to within half a mile of Slaughter's Mountain and returned last night, leaving pickets as far as he had advanced - the First Brigade pickets toward Rapidan Station. Nothing has been seen of the enemy save a few scouts. Long line of camp smokes are visible on the other side of Rapidan. I am just starting reconnaissances out to find the enemy. A telegraph operator might save horse-flesh. The line seems to be unharmed.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding.