HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA, Cedar Creek, May 23, 1864.
Commanding First Cavalry Division:
GENERAL: Major Thorp, Twentieth Pennsylvania Cavalry, commanding detachment of cavalry with Colonel Wells, Thirty-fourth Massachusetts, in charge of advance at Strasburg, states that he has 230 men with him, and the duty is too hard for the well-being of both officers and men and their horses. Colonel Wells and Major Thorp would like the rest of Major Thorp's battalion, about 150 men, ordered to report to them at Strasburg for duty. The above is respectfully submitted for such action as you may deem proper. This by direction of the major-general commanding.
I am, general, most respectfully, your obedient servant,
[P. G. BIER,]
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA, Cedar Creek, Va., May 24, 1864.
Major TIMOTHY QUINN,
Commanding First New York (Lincoln) Cavalry:
MAJOR: The commanding general directs that your proceed at once with you command to Newton, ascertain the house from which our train was fired upon last night, and burn the same with all the outbuildings pertaining thereto. Notify the inhabitants of the town and along the pike if our trains or escort are fired upon in that way again, that the commanding general will cause to be burned every rebel house within five miles of the place at which the firing occurs.
I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
[P. G. BIER,]
HEADQUARTERS ADVANCE, Strasburg, May 23, 1864.
Captain P. G. BIER,
CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report all quiet. Our pickets have been on Round Top; can see nothing. A man arrested within our lines says a young man told him yesterday that their generals (Breckinridge, Imboden, and Rosser) were with the enemy somewhere near New Market.
I have the honor to be, your obedient servant,
GEO. D. WELLS,
Colonel Thirty-fourth Massachusetts Infantry.
HEADQUARTERS, Harper's Ferry, May 23, 1864.
Brigadier General B. F. KELLEY:
You telegram received. If you can send me militia regiment now at New Creek, I shall have all the infantry necessary as a railroad