HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,
In the Field, at Rude's Hill, Va., May 30, 1864.
Major T. QUINN,
Commanding First New York Cavalry:
MAJOR: You will detail from your command 200 men, with the proper complement of commissioned officers, to proceed to Newtown to-morrow morning at 3 o'clock, for the purpose of burning every house, store, and out-building in that place, except the churches and the houses and out-buildings of those who are known to be loyal citizens of the United States. You will also burn the houses, &c., of all rebels between Newtown and Middletown. You will spare the house and premises of Dr. Owens, at Newtown, he having been very kind to our wounded soldiers; and where the burning of the house of our-buildings of the rebel shall not be burned. You will report back to these headquarters, making a written report of the expedition.
This by command of the major-general commanding:
I am, major, very obediently, yours,
[P. G. BIER,]
HDQRS. SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION, No. 8.
DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA, Bunger's Mills, May 30, 1864.
I. The organization of this division into brigades will be, until further orders, as follows:
First Brigade, Brigadier General A. N. Duffie commanding: Second West Virginia Cavalry, Thirty-fourth Ohio Volunteer Mounted Infantry. Eighth Ohio Cavalry. Second Brigade, Colonel J. M. Schoonmaker commanding: Fourteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, First West Virginia Cavalry. Third Brigade, Colonel J. H. Oley commanding: Seventh West Virginia Cavalry, First West Virginia Cavalry, Third West Virginia Cavalry.
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By command of Brigadier-General Averell:
WASHINGTON, D. C., May 30, 1864-2.10 p.m.
Martinsburg, W. Va.:
Report by telegraph to Adjutant-General of the Army, by arm and regiment, all troops on or in vicinity of line of railroad from Parkersburg to the Monocacy, with their stations.
J. S. KELTON,
Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.
CUMBERLAND, May 30, 1864-8 a.m.
Major T. A. MEYSENBURG,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Martinsburg:
Nothing further this a.m. I am of the opinion that the garrison at Greenland Gap was unnecessarily alarmed, and that the officer in