War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0415 Chapter XLIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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your two columns will frustrate their plans. Nevertheless, as a precautionary measure I have ordered a section of Keeper's battery from Webster to Colonel Harris. All quiet along line of road. Two Ohio regiments have arrived at Parkersburg, one of which I have ordered to New Creek and the other here. I am exceedingly anxious to have some good cavalry. We must kill, capture, or drive McNeill out of the country before we can except quiet or safety along line of road.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

WHEELING, May 9, 1864.

General B. F. KELLEY:

We learn the two Ohio regiments are at Parkersburg awaiting orders.

J. B. FORD.

CUMBERLAND, May 9, 1864.

J. B. FORD, Esq.,

Wheeling:

The two Ohio regiments at Parkersburg have been ordered forward. Two other Ohio regiments were ordered via Wheeling and should have been there ere this. You need not, however, hold the cars any longer for them. If they arrive they will wait at Benwood till you can furnish the transportation.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

CUMBERLAND, May 9, 1864.

Brigadier General MAX WEBER:

Please go up to Martinsburg and see Colonel Rodgers. Issue stringent orders prohibiting citizens and camp followers from passing our lines and going to the front. Direct Colonel Rodgers to strengthen his pickets and police force.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS, Harper's Ferry, May 9, 1864.

Brigadier-General KELLEY,

Commanding U. S. Forces on B. and O. . R., Cumberland:

Your telegram is received. General Weber is gone to the front to inquire into the nature and cause of an alarm raised last night, and an attack by guerrillas upon our advance pickets. A scout leaves to-day for Snicker's Gap via Blue Ridge. Your orders relative to Colonel Rodgers at Martinsburg have received attention, and all passing there will be prohibited, save on orders from General Sigel or yourself. Fifty mount men were sent to Duffield's and fifty more to Kearneysville on Saturday to act as patrols and scouts.

H. M BURLEIGH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.