practicable, make use of the works already constructed there. The 100 cavalry now with him will also withdraw with the infantry, and will be relieved by 300 cavalry, which Major-General Stahel has been ordered to detail. The infantry pickets of your command will, until further orders, remain as established.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
[P. G. BIER,]
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,
Cedar Creek, Va., May 18, 1864.
Inform General Crook that Breckinridge has probably concentrated his whole force against me. Echols is here, and there are probably no troops of the enemy between Lewisburg and Staunton.
On the latter place Cedar should operate.
SIR JOHN S RUN, May 18, 1864.
Brigadier General MAX WEBER:
Order the engineers with their life-boat to assist in transporting passengers across the river. Either make a detail to assist them or call for volunteers who are good watermen. Sorry to learn they lost the rope. The boatmen must not charge the passengers more than 25 cents for taking them over. You will see that this order is executed.
B. F. KELLEY,
Harper's Ferry, May 18, 1864.
Brigadier General B. F. KELLEY:
Your telegram received. It will be impossible for me to allow passengers to pass over the river before to-morrow, as I have but one boat and must transport arms and ammunition all night. The printed order in which you assume command of the Reserve Division is received. Will you, as soon as possible, define my position here? The One hundred and sixtieth Ohio Militia for Martinsburg, en route for General Sigel, will leave to-night. The pontoons have not yet reached here.
CUMBERLAND, May 18, 1864-7 p. m.
All right. Attend to your own business first, then if you can assist the railroad company do so, but do not permit the men of the