War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0467 Chapter XLIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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toward Front Royal and Luray Valley have not as yet been heard from. As soon as they report, department headquarters will be informed. Scouts have been directed to proceed in the direction of Fisher's Hill and gain the information called for in your communication.

I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JUL. STAHEL,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. SECOND BRIGADE CAVALRY DIVISION,

Near Union May 16, 1864.

Captain W. RUMSEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to inclose report of the casualties in the Second Brigade, together with the number of horses and horse equipments lost and abandoned during the operations of the present month:

Men killed................................... 5

Officer wounded present...................... 3

Men wounded:

Present...................................... 21

In the hands of the enemy.................... 14

Horses abandoned:

1st Virginia Veteran Cavalry................. 161

14th Pennsylvania Cavalry.................... 15

Horse equipments:

1st Virginia Veteran Cavalry................. 140

14th Pennsylvania Cavalry.................... 15

The large number of horses abandoned in the Virginia cavalry may be partly accounted for by the desire of the regimental commandant to carry with him into the field as much of the effective force of his regiment as possible when leaving Martinsburg, a large number of which should properly have been sent to the dismounted camp. His attention has been called to the matter, and instructions have been furnished him to guard against any such error hereafter.

I am, captain, very respectfully,

J. M. SCHOONMAKER,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD CAVALRY BRIGADE,

Camp near Union, W. VA., May 16, 1864.

Brigadier General W. W. AVERELL,

Commanding Cavalry Division:

SIR: Our scouts from the front skirmishing on the Sweet Springs road and on the Saint Pond Mountain road. The enemy has driven our pickets on the Sweet Springs road to within one mile of the town. The First Virginia Cavalry, on the Salt Pond road, have been falling back, having lost one man. The enemy are in heavy force where we camped night before last, and steadily advancing. This report comes by men of the Second West Virginia Cavalry.

I am, sir, very respectfully, &c.,

A. N. DUFFLE,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding.