HEADQUARTER MILITARY GOVERNORS,
Alexandria, Va., May 17, 1864-5.40 p. m.
Lieutenant Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,
Chief of Staff and A. G., Hdqrs. Dept. of Washington:
COLONEL: I have just received the following telegram from W. A. Duncan, U. S. deputy marshal, whom I know to be a reliable man:
POINT OF ROCKS, May 17, 1864.
Brigadier General J. P. SLOUGH:
Mosby, with his command, is in Loundoun. Had a fight with Captain Keyes yesterday, killing and capturing 8. Three of Mosby's officers will be married in Leesburg to-night. A great frolic. There are about 300 of them. A good chance to catch them.
W. A. DUNCAN,
U. S. Deputy Marshal.
I send it for the information and action of the major-general commanding.
JNO. P. SLOUGH,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Military Governor.
HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES
May 17, 1864. (Received 3.45 p. m.)
Cannot General Sigel go up the Shenandoah Valley to Staunton? The enemy is evidently drawing supplies largely from that source, and if Sigel can destroy the road there, it will be of vast importance to us. The weather is still cloudy and threatening, as if the rain were not yet over.
U. S. GRANT,
Lieutenant-General, U. S. Army.
WASHINGTON, D. C., May 17, 1864-10 p. m.
Major-General SIGEL, Strasburg, Va.:
Lieutenant-General Grant expects that you will go up the Shenandoah Valley to Staunton and destroy the railroad there, so as to prevent General Lee's drawing supplies from there.
D. C. WAGER,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HARPER'S FERRY, May 17, 1864.
(Received 6.20 p. m.)
Major General H. W. HALLECK, Chief of Staff:
The following telegram just received. Have sent copy to General Sigel. I think there is great doubt in regard to this report, so far as General Crook is concerned. He has been reported by scouts as occupying Lewisburg:
GAULEY BRIDGE, May 16, 1864.
Eight men, belonging to Third Virginia, came into Fayette this morning; been captured and paroled by Captain McDonald, commanding company of bush-