Harper's Ferry, May 17, 1864.
It is of the utmost importance that I see you. In some way you must cross the river and report here to-morrow a. m. for Martinsburg.
GREEN SPRING, May 17, 1864.
General B. F. KELLEY:
From a source considered reliable it is reported that Imboden, White, and McNeil, with a force of from 700 to 800, are at or near Moorefield. Nothing at Romney yesterday or to-day. Colonel Higgins' cavalry will go to North Branch in the morning to cross river and come down on this side. They could not cross here for three days. All quiet here.
C. J. HARRISON,
HARPERS' FERRY, May 17, 1864-11 p. m.
General Sigel, after a severe engagement at New Market with the forces of Echols and Imboden, under the command of Breckinridge, on the 15th, has been compelled to fall back north of Cedar Creek. He directs that you send a messenger to General Crook and advise him of General Sigel's situation, and inform Crook that General Sigel directs that he operate against Staunton, and destroy the railroad between Staunton and Jackson River Station, if possible.
B. F. KEELEY,
(Similar instructions to Colonel T. M. Harris, Beverly.)
CHARLESTON, W. VA., May 17, 1864.
By dispatch from General Crook he was in Union, Monroe County, W. Va., May 15, 1864. No further particulars.
BEVERLY, May 17, 1864.
(Received Cumberland, 6.20 p. m.)
Dispatch received. Have sent message to Crook.
T. M. HARRIS,