War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0633 Chapter XLIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.- UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Lexington, Va., June 13, 1864.

Brigadier General W. W. AVERELL,

Commanding Second Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: I am instructed by the major- general commanding to inform you that Brigadier- General Duffie has just arrived with his command, having destroyed between four and five miles of the railroad between Lynchburg and Charlottesville, captured 700 horses and 70 prisoners, and destroyed about 300 of the enemy's wagons. You will please let me know by the scouts who carry this what have been your operations, where you are on receipt of this, and any information you may have gathered on your march. If you have received any papers subsequent to the 9th instant, you will please send them. By command of Major- General Hunter:

[CHAS. G. HALPINE,]

Assistant Adjutant- General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Lexington, Va., June 13, 1864.

Brigadier General W. W. AVERELL,

Commanding Second Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: I am instructed by the major- general commanding to notify you that he is detained at this place to- day through the necessity of arranging and reorganizing the train. We will move, however, at daylight to- morrow, and will hope to be in your vicinity by the afternoon. You will, therefore, hold the bridge, if possible, until we come up, the major- general commanding, from the reports he has received, not anticipating that you will have much difficulty in doing so. I have to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch, dated near John Shafer's, ten miles from Lexington, at 6 this a. m.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient. servant,

[CHAS. G. HALPINE,]

Assistant Adjutant- General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Lexington, Va., June 13, 1864.

Brigadier General A. N. DUFFIE,

Commanding First Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: I have received your dispatch of 5 o'clock this morning. You will immediately proceed to Amherst Court- House, which is twenty miles southeast of your present position, where you will destroy the railroad over Buffalo River, and do such other damage in that immediate neighborhood as you can do with promptness; after which you will proceed immediately west by the north side of James River, joining me at the bridge over the James River at Buchanan.

Very respectfully, yours,

D. HUNTER,

Major- General, Commanding.