WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 167.
Washington, May 4, 1864.
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52. Major T. A. Meysenburg, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, will report in person, without delay, to the commanding general Department of West Virginia, for assignment to duty.
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By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
MARTINSBURG, May 4, 1864.
(Received 5 p. m.)
Colonel G. H. SHARPE,
An officer just in from General Sigel reports his headquarters at Strasburg. Outposts at Woodstock. Nothing new at his point, and he is steadily advancing. I return to Harper's Ferry to-morrow.
Captain and Provost-Marshal.
HEADQUARTERS THIRD CAVALRY BRIGADE,
Arricania Court-House, May 4, 1864.
Captain WILL RUMSEY,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Cavalry Division:
SIR: The road up Island Creek is not picketed. I would respectfully request that Colonel Oley be ordered to send a company to picket this road. Already 1 man and 2 horses of some command have been captured some three-fourths of a mile up this creek, they having straggled on this road. There seems to be a small squad of bushwhackers up there. I have sent out a squad of about twenty men to overtake, attack, and capture these marauders. My men are now engaged with them, as I supposed, from the firing I hear. I do not wish to do this picket duty if it can be avoided.
I am, captain, very respectfully, &c.,
A. N. DUFFIE,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Cavalry.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,
In the Field, near Winchester, Va., May 4, 1864.
Lieutenant C. W. HASKINS,
First New York (Veteran) Cavalry, Bunker Hill, Va.:
LIEUTENANT: Your dispatch to Captain Putnam is received. The general commanding directs that I say to you that you will probably be relieved to-day or to-morrow, in which case you will report with all your men to these headquarters. While at Bunker Hill you should send out frequently scouting parties to find out whether the