account of the rapid marching and for want of feed. Company H left behind two men and two horses. These were sent off near Strasburg with a foraging expedition, and did not have time to rejoin the command before the column moved.
By order of Colonel R. M. Richardson:
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,
Near Winchester, Va., may 5, 1864.
Lieutenant C. W. HASKINS,
First New York (Veteran) Cavalry, Bunker Hill:
LIEUTENANT: The general commanding directs me to say that you will be relieved to-day. You will show the officer relieving you where your men are stationed, give him your instructions, and then report here with all your men.
I am, lieutenant, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY BRIGADE,
Arricania, May 5, 1864.
Colonel WILLIAM H. POWELL,
SIR: Have all the men saddle up. Send all the men who are going back to the other side of the river (Major Conger's camp). Send word here the moment you have done this and are all ready to move.
By command of Brigadier General A. N. Duffie:
E. W. CLARK, JR.,
WINCHESTER, May 5, 1864.
Brigadier General MAX WEBER:
A party of 600 of our cavalry are ordered to Charlestown. They will come from Berryville. Inform your outposts of these 600 men. Three hundred will report to you after they return from their expedition.
Harper's Ferry, May 5, 1864.
Captain T. MELVIN,
Asst. Adjt. General, Dept. of W. Va., Martinsburg, Va.:
The operator at Cumberland reports the wires cut west of that place, and that the rebels entered Piedmont, on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, this morning. No further particulars yet.