War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0185 Chapter XLIX. OPERATIONS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY, ETC.

side of Charlestown in force. We have been skirmishing for two hours. If re-enforcements do not come up I leave the town, but shall hold Maryland Heights at all hazards. Nothing has been heard from General Sigel or his forces. His wagon train, 176 wagons, is in Pleasant Valley.

MAX WEBER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Major-General HALLECK,

Chief of Staff.

HARPER'S FERRY, W. VA., July 4, 1864.

(Received 1.30 p. m.)

We are still hotly engaged. I have but 400 men and no word from General Sigel or our re-enforcements. Our stores are safely across the river. Unless the enemy come in large force I shall hold the town. Word has been received that the rebels in force are crossing at Point of Rocks. I am not able to raise that office. They received their orders last night, in case of an attack, to retire to this point. I shall not leave the town, except at the last necessity, and I have rations for thirty days on the heights, and shall hold them until reenforced. The bridges are yet entire and our men are doing well. We have lost but 1 officer and 20 men, and inflicted much damage on the enemy.

MAX WEBER,

Brigadier-General.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff.

HARPER'S FERRY, W. VA., July 4, 1864.

(Received 12 m.)

We are still engaged with the advance of the enemy. Our cavalry has retired. The main body of the enemy, in strong force, is rapidly advancing via Kearneysville. No re-enforcements have yet reached us. Nothing heard from General Sigel. If we leave the town the station at Sandy Hook will be kept open.

MAX WEBER,

Brigadier-General.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff.

ADDENDA.

Abstract from Itinerary of forces in and around Harper's Ferry, commanded by Brigadier General Max Weber.*

July 4.-The rebels, numbering some 2,000 cavalry, with a support of infantry and a section of light artillery, attacked our pickets near Bolivar Heights. After a smart skirmish the pickets fell back to the rifle-pits near Camp Hill, W. Va., where the enemy was held in check during the day. The quartermaster's, commissary, and

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*From return for July.

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