HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, Washington, December 31, 1863.
GENERAL: It is possible that General Kelley may aks for two or three regiments and some batteries to be sent to Harper's Ferry via railroad. General Meade will send up a brigade from his army to reports to you for this purpose, and General Barry will have the batteries in readiness. If the demand should be pressing from General Kelley, I hope you may be able to send him some infantry in advance of the arrival of the brigade from General Meade. No troops will be sent forward unless further demands are made from General Kelley or Harper's Ferry.
H. W. HALLEKC,
CUMBERLAND, December 31, 1863-10 a.m.
Your telegram of yesterday received,and this morning received the order from the War Department. General Sullivan reports that General Early is moving down the Shenandoah Valley with a large force, and was last night between Strasburg and Winchester. I will therefore be compelled to detain Colonel Boyd's command until further developments, but will send it the earliest moment I can safely spare it. I presume the best route for him to take will be by Hagesrstown, as he is now near Harper's Ferry.
B. F. KELLEY,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA, No. 24.
Cumberland, Md., December 31, 1863.
I. The troops of the First Separate Brigade will hereafter constitute the Fourth Division of this department.
Brigadier General W. W. Averell, U. S. Volunteers, will command the Fourth Division.
II. Captain Horace Turner, commissary of subsistence, volunteers, is announced as inspecting commissary of this department.
By order of Brigadier-General Kelley:
HDQRS.18TH ARMY CORPS, DEPT. OF VA., AND N. C., Fortress Monroe, December 31, 1863.
Hon. E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
SIR: I have the honor to report that General Wild was dispatched by my order upon an expedition with two regiments of colored troops