able to obtain of the position of the rebel forces and the movements of General Hunter, taking care, by good cavalry reconnaissances, not to be caught by the enemy. Nothing is known here of General Hunter later than what was received from you.
H. W. HALLECK,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
CUMBERLAND, June 19, 1864.
Colonel N. WILKINSON,
Clarksburg, W. Va.,:
The following just received. You will take action accordingly:
MARTINSBURG, June 19, 1864.
The commanding general directs that the Twenty-first New York Cavalry be sent to this place from Beverly without delay. They have not been able to go through to General Hunter.
T. A. MEYSENBURG,
By order of Brigadier-General Kelley;
C. A. FREEMAN,
Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
CITY POINT, VA., June 20, 1864.
In view of the location of General Hunter, as reported in the rebel papers, and the fact that General Sheridan cannot carry supplies with him from the White House to make an effective raid against the enemy's communications north of the James, you may direct his immediate return to the Army of the Potomac. The manner of returning and route is left to you. Direct the commanding officer at White House to break up that post and send his Veteran Reserve troops back to Washington, bringing all the balance to City Point; this latter to take place on the departure of General Sheridan.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,
June 20, 1864
Brigadier General J. C. SULLIVAN,
Commanding First Infantry Division;
GENERAL: The commanding general desires you as soon as your men are somewhat rested to turn out as many of them as possible to tear up the railroad and destroy as much of it as possible; also the telegraph line.
I am, general, most respectfully, your obedient servant,
[CHAS. G. HALPINE,]
(Same to General Crook.)