War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0472 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLIX.

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HARPER'S FERRY, May 16, 1864.

Captain BURLEIGH,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Express east has not passed Sir John's Run yet, forty-seven miles from here. Water very high there, and rising about five inches per hour.

OPERATOR.

HEADQUARTERS,

Cumberland, Md., May 16, 1864.

Colonel HIGGINS:

The general commanding directs that you proceed without delay with the whole command now under you to Springfield, W. Va., and Old Town and Green Spring Run. You will occupy the town, place pickets at the Wire Bridge, and keep the country well scouted until further orders. Direct your quartermaster to make requisition for forage and rations, and have it sent by railroad to Green Spring Run.

By order of Brigadier-General Kelley:

C. A. FREEMAN,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

NEW CREEK, May 16, 1864.

Captain MELVIN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

None of Twenty-first New York Cavalry was at Webster. Have had great difficulty in opening communication by wire with Beverly; that cavalry are now out on scout south of Beverly. The detachment which was at Webster was, it appears, ordered by General Sigel to Beverly sometime since.

N. WILKINSON,

Colonel.

CUMBERLAND, May 16, 1864-10 p. m.

Colonel HARRIS,

Beverly:

General Sigel reports that Breckinridge has sent 4,000 men from Dublin Station to Jackson River and Staunton. Send a scout with this information to Crook.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

(Same to Lieutenant-Colonel Youart, Charleston, W. Va.)

BALTIMORE, MD., May 16, 1864-2 a. m.

(Received 2. 10 a. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

The One hundred and sixty-third Ohio Militia left for Washington before your dispatch was received. Can it be returned immediately? General Lockwood and his troops will be at once forwarded.

LEW. WALLACE,

Major-General.