War of the Rebellion: Serial 070 Page 0674 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLIX.

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WASHINGTON, June 25, 1864-4 p.m.

Major-General SIGEL:

General Grant says that General Hunter at last accounts was at Fincastle, and that there will be no use in General Stahel attempting to reach him by the Shenandoah Valley.

D. C. WAGER,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

MARTINSBURG, June 25, 1864.

(Received 5.19 p.m.)

Captain D. C. WAGER, Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your dispatch. I will endeavor to find out General Hunter's wants by Beverly and Charleston. General Stahel has been informed of the dispatch.

F. SIGEL,

Major-General.

MARTINSBURG, June 25, 1864.

(Received 9.05 p.m.)

Major-General HALLECK:

A telegram from Captain Wager to General Sigel is referred to me. I therefore respectfully ask for instructions. Shall I move with the forces collected here, with the ammunition and stores, by way of Beverly, to meet General Hunter, or shall I send stores by way of Charleston and Gauley, and keep the troops under my command here for the protection of the Shenandoah Valley until I can receive

orders from General Hunter?

JUL. STAHEL.

Major-General.

MARTINSBURG, June 25, 1864,

(Received 9.05 p.m.)

Captain D. C. WAGER, Assistant Adjutant-General:

Your telegram of 4 p.m. to General Sigel was referred to me. I started with my command this morning, but have halted at Bunker Hill. I have requested Major-General Halleck to give me instructions in regard to the train and troops collected here under my command.

JUL. STAHEL.

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, June 25, 1864-10.45 a.m.

Major-General STAHEL, Martinsburg, W. Va.:

A dispatch just received from General Grant states that at last accounts General Hunter was at Salem, retiring by the route taken by Averell last fall. You should, therefore, unless you receive other information or directions, so direct your march as to reach General Hunter on that route.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.