War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0826 OPERATIONS IN N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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can send aid, please do it. If sent by rail to Millborrough and thence by the Warm Springs toward the White Sulphur, it may deter the enemy from pressing on.

SAM JONES,

Major-General.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF WESTERN VA. AND EAST TENN.,

Dublin, November 7, 1863.

Brigadier General JOHN D. IMBODEN,

Via Millborough:

General Echols was badly defeated, with heavy loss, at Droop Mountain. It closely pursued by enemy, estimated at 7,000. Echols will retreat over Salt Pond Mountain if he can. If possible strike the enemy's flank or rear.

SAM. JONES,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

Agent at Millborough will forward with all possible speed.

DUBLIN, November 7, 1863.

Colonel B. H. JONES,

(Care of Captain Gibboney, Asst. Q. M. Witheville):

Proceed with your regiment overland to the Narrows. Carry transportation, &c., and lose no time on the road. The enemy is pressing heavily.

By order of, &c.:

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Indorsement.]

Captain Gibboney will immediately forward this by special courier.

DUBLIN, November 7, 1863.

Colonel JOSEPH F. KENT, Witheville:

Assemble all your men at Wytheville. General Echols is retreating before vastly superior forces.

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Same to Captain J. M. Sheffey, Marion.)

DUBLIN, November 7, 1863.

James McDOWELL,

Fincastle:

Call out every man you can and go at once to Salem. General Echols is retreating before vastly superior forces. Lose no time.

CHAS. S. STRINGFELLOW,

Assistant Adjutant-General.