War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0410 OPERATIONS IN N.VA., W.VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLIX.

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NEW CREEK, May 8, 1864.

General B. F. KELLEY:

Your dispatch ordering Fourth Virginia to Clarksburg, &c., received at 1.20 p. m. to-day.

N. WILKINSON,

Colonel.

BEVERLY, W. VA., May 8, 1864.

Colonel N. WILKINSON,

New Creek, Va.:

Refugees and deserters just in report Imboden and Jackson preparing for an immediately raid in this section. Have just sent cavalry reconnaissance to go thirty miles to the front, both on the Staunton and Huntersville roads.

T. M. HARRIS,

Colonel, Commanding.

CUMBERLAND, MD., May 8, 1864.

Colonel WILKINSON,

New Creek:

Orders one section of Maulsby's battery to proceed at once to Beverly and report to Colonel Harris. Advise Harris.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

NEW CREEK, May 8, 1864.

General B. F. KELLEY:

General Sigel inquires whether the order for four guns of Keeper's battery to be sent to Clarksburg had been received and carried out. I answered no such order had been received. He also says that all the troops on line of railroad and in front of that line, form Parkersburg to Sleepy Creek, are at my disposition, with discretionary power as to their disposal, looking to the defense of the railroad and interior parts. These dispatches are dated yesterday. Their tenor, in my opinion, settles your command as all on or off the instead of Maulsby's to Beverly? The former is, I learn, at Webster.

N. WILKINSON,

Colonel.

CUMBERLAND, May 8, 1864.

Colonel WILKINSON,

New Creek:

I did not know that Keeper's battery was at Webster. Yes; send a section of it to Beverly.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.