War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0650 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W.VA, MD., AND PA. Chapter XLIX.

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HDQRS. FIRST CAV. DIV., DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA,

In the Field, near Lynchburg, Va., June 18, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel CHARLES G. HALPINE,

Assistant Adjutant- General, Dept. of West Virginia:

SIR: I have carried out our orders, in engaging the enemy on the extreme left. I attacked him at 12.30 p. m., and drove him into his fortifications. Have been fighting ever since. Two charges have been made, and the enemy's strength fully developed in our front. His force is much superior to mine. All my force is engaged. The enemy is now attempting to turn my right. I shall send a force to check him. I do not communicate with Averell on my right.

Respectfully, &c.,

A. N. DUFFIE,

Brigadier- General, Commanding.

MARTINSBURG, W. VA., June 18, 1864.

(Received 9.35 a. m.19th)

ADJUTANT- GENERAL U. S. ARMY:

The detachment of cavalry sent from Beverly with dispatches to General Hunter found the enemy in possession of Staunton and Lexington. They returned with the dispatches. Another attempt to send the dispatches has been made.

FRANZ SIGEL,

Major- General.

MARTINSBURG, W. VA., June 18, 1864.

Brigadier General MAX WEBER, Harper's Ferry:

Two hundred cavalry will be sent from here, to report to you, to relieve all of the Sixth West Virginia. The general commanding will telegraph to the Ordnance Department to fill your requisition as soon as possible.

T. A. MEYSENBURG,

Assistant Adjutant- General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Harper's Ferry, June 18, 1864.

Major T. A. MEYSENBURG,

Assistant Adjutant General:

Captain W. F. Bragg has reported here to- night in advance of some 1,500 dismounted men from Camp Stoneman, who were to leave Washington this evening for this point. I have ordered him to report to you, and will send the troops to Martinsburg as soon as they arrive.

MAX WEBER,

Brigadier- General.

WASHINGTON, June 19, 1864- 12.40 p. m.

Lieutenant- General GRANT,

Bermuda Hundred, Va.:

Telegram from West Virginia state that the cavalry sent out with dispatches to General Hunter find the enemy in possession of