from Cumberland with some force. If Governor Brough's movements are prompt further disaster may be avoided. The force of the enemy was small, and their success resulted from the entire exposure of so extensive and important a point as Piedmont.
J. W. GARRETT,
WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, D. C., May 5, 1864.
Commanding Dept. of West Virginia, Cumberland, Md.:
Four regiments Ohio militia have been ordered to Charleston, three to New Creek, and there to Harper's Ferry. Answer to your indorsement of the 1st instant asking for additional troops.
E. D. TOWNSEND,
COLUMBUS, May 5, 1864.
COMMANDING GENERAL DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA:
The One hundred and thirty-third and One hundred and thirty-fourth Ohio Volunteer Militia leave Camp Chase immediately for Parkersburg, Va., with orders to report to you by telegraph.
S. P. HEINTZELMAN,
CAMDEN STATION, May 5, 1864.
(Received 11.40 a. m.)
Major General F. SIGEL,
You have doubtless been advised that the company's lines of telegraph were cut 7 this a. m. west of Cumberland, and that it is reported that a Confederate force was then marching upon Piedmont. I fear the number of troops for defense of that part of the line is too limited to prevent great disaster. Piedmont, as we have heretofore advised you, is a point of the greatest importance for working the road, the machinery, shops, &c., being a vital necessity for that point of the line. I need not urge upon you the importance in the present necessity of the Government for large transportation, of doing all that is possible in the prompt disposition of forces to protect and preserve from destruction the work and structures of the company.
J. W. GARRETT,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,
Near Winchester, Va., May 5, 1864.
CAPTAIN: Your letter is received, and I am sorry you are sick. Affairs here make it very necessary that the chief quartermaster is