HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA, Near Cedar Creek, Va., May 21, 1864.
COMMANDING OFFICER 160TH REGIMENT OHIO STATE MILITIA:
The commanding general directs that you detail five companies of your regiment to report at these headquarters at 3 a.m. to-morrow, the 22nd instant, to guard wagon train to Martinsburg, W. Va. The officer in command of the detachment will report to the commanding general for instructions.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
[P. G. BIER,]
CUMBERLAND, May 21, 1864-4 p.m.
(Received 5 p.m.)
Chief of Staff, Washington:
The railroad bridge at Harper's Ferry is now repaired and ready for the passage of trains. The delayed troops will be pushed forward at once. The pontoon bridge will be completed this p.m. Nothing new; all quiet.
B. F. KELLEY,
CUMBERLAND, May 21, 1864.
Your telegrams of the 19th and 20th received. Your orders will be promptly executed. I will relive the four companies of the Fourth Virginia Infantry, now on duty in Lewis and Gilmer Counties, as soon as practicable and order them to join their regiment. Your instructions of the Fifteenth and Twenty-first New York will leave day after to-morrow to report to you, by the route indicated in my last. All quiet along my lines. Railroad bridge will be completed across Potomac to-day,also the pontoon will be laid.
B. F. KELLEY,
CAMDEN STATION, May 21, 1864.
(Received 5.20 p.m.)
Honorable E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
Our bridge is again completed, and trains have passed regularly since 1.40 p.m. The pontoon, by canal, has only this day reached Harper's Ferry,and is being placed in position.
J. W. GARRETT,
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