War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0396 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLIX.

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WASHINGTON CITY, May 6, 1864-3.20 p. m.

Brigadier General B. F. KELLEY,

Cumberland, Md.:

You will give the order as directed in the telegram of this morning. The location of the regiments is left to your judgment. Instruct the quartermaster at Wheeling to have transportation in readiness to forward them at once.

By order of the Secretary of War:

ED. R. S. CANBY,

Brigadier-General and Assistant Adjutant-General.

WASHINGTON CITY, May 6, 1864-3.55 p. m.

Brigadier General B. F. KELLEY,

Cumberland, Md.:

The Secretary of War directs that you make command of the troops guarding the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Monocacy and Wheeling, and make the necessary preparations accordingly. Major-General Halleck will advise you what additional troops will be sent.

By order of the Secretary of War:

ED. R. S. CANBY,

Brigadier-General and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CUMBERLAND, MD., May 6, 1864.

Brigadier General MAX WEBER,

Harper's Ferry, W. Va.:

By order of the Secretary of War, I am directed to assume command of all the troops guarding the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Monocacy and Wheeling. You will, therefore, please report to me without delay the number and position of the troops in your command.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

(Same to Colonel Wilkinson, New Creek.)

HARPER'S FERRY, May 6, 1864.

Major-General SIGEL,

Commanding Department of West Virginia, Martinsburg:

I have just received a telegram from Brigadier-General Kelley, saying that, by orders from the Secretary of War, he assumes the command of all the troops guarding the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from Monocacy to Wheeling. I propose to refuse to give up the command without orders from you. Please answer at once as to what I shall do.

MAX WEBER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[Indorsement.]

Let the above be conveyed to General Sigel without delay by courier.

MAX WEBER,

Brigadier-General.