War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0431 Chapter XLIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS, Harper's Ferry, May 11, 1864.

Colonel R. S. RODGERS,

Commanding at Martinsburg:

I am just informed by telegraph from Baltimore that a large force under Rosser and Imboden is at Romney, threatening the road. I have sent word to Cumberland, and will do what I can to help you. Do you hear anything of those militia regiments? Answer at once.

MAX WEBER,

Brigadier-General.

MARTINSBURG, May 11, 1864.

Brigadier-General WEBER:

A part of the troops are, I am informed by the railroad agent, at Cumberland, but cannot reach here, as there is no train to-night.

R. S. RODGERS,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS, Harper's Ferry, May 11, 1864.

Colonel R. S. RODGERS,

Commanding at Martinsburg:

General Weber is just informed that three regiments of Ohio militia have been ordered to report to him at Harper's Ferry. They will come via Martinsburg by rail. You will be on the lookout and when they arrive at Martinsburg retain two regiments with you and send the other here. Report by telegraph as soon as they reach Martinsburg. At once relieve all of your regiments are properly posted, and report by telegraph as soon as this is done. Retain as many at Martinsburg as you can with safety to the railroad.

By order of Brigadier General Max Weber:

SAML. F. WOODS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Same to General Kelley.)

MARTINSBURG, May 11, 1864.

Captain BURLEIGH,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The cavalry here has been ordered to Front Royal. If they go, I shall be left without a picket, and the trains will be in danger. Can you relieve them? I have refused to let them go until i hear from you. Lieutenant-Colonel Blakely has ordered Captain Walker, who commands the cavalry here, to be ready to move. Walker was ordered here to report to me by General Sigel. I will arrest Lieutenant-Colonel Blakely and send him to Harper's Ferry is he attempts to give orders here. Am I right?

R. S. RODGERS,

Colonel, Commanding.