martial law has been proclaimed in the Eastern Shore counties of Maryland. In reply I am instructed to inform you that martial law has not been proclaimed in that district.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
SAML. B. LAWRENCE,
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY GOVERNOR, Alexandria, Va., May 24, 1864-6 p.m.
Headquarters Department of Washington:
SIR: The following dispatch has just been received at these headquarters:
EDSALL'S, May 24, 1864.
Forty rebel cavalry a raid at Fairfax Station this morning after our leaving, and succeeded in capturing Assistant Surgeon Craigne, of this regiment, and several private horses belonging to officers of this regiment.
C. M. ALEXANDER,
Colonel, Commanding Second District of Columbia Volunteers.
Nothing else unusual has happened in this command to-day.
JNO. P. SLOUGH,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Military Governor.
HEADQUARTERS DE RUSSY'S DIVISION, Arlington, Va., May 24, 1864.
Brigadier General J. G. BARNARD:
GENERAL: I have the honor to inform your that I have complied with your request of the 16th instant, in regard to working parties on the fortifications in these defenses. Also, in compliance with your request of the 19th instant, I issued the following order, No. 76, from these headquarters:
Colonel A. Piper, commanding Second Brigade, De Russy's division, will detail a guard sufficient to take charge of, say 300 prisoners, detailed for work on the fortifications and roads within the limits of his brigade. This guard will be instructed by General Barnard at what hour the prisoners will be taken from the Camp of Distribution, and at what hour relieved.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
G. A. DE RUSSY,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers.
HDQRS. DEPT OF WEST VIRGINIA, No. 31.
In the Field, near Cedar Creek, May 24, 1864.
I. Colonel D. H. Strother, Third West Virginia Cavalry, is hereby announced as chief of staff; Captain H. A. Du Pont, Fifth U. S. Artillery, as chief of artillery; and Lieutenant H. N. Harrison, Fourteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, as aide-de-camp, with the rank of captain,m on the staff of the major-general commanding department. These officers will be respected and obeyed accordingly.