War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0503 Chapter LV. THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY CAMPAIGN.

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cavalry at that point. As I have been unable to hear anything of the cavalry of Ramseur I apprehend a demonstration upon our flanks or some other points in West Virginia. I have sent some good scouts upon that flank, and have requested Major-General Kelley, at Cumberland, to send scouts to Romney and Moorefield. I hardly think the enemy have any business upon your eastern flank at present. I shall be glad to be informed of any news or movements. My pickets are undisturbed at Martinsburg and other points southwest of that place. I have three parties to ascertain as exactly as possible the force of the enemy in the Valley, and gain some indications of his designs.

Respectfully, &c.,

WM. W. AVERELL.

Brigadier-General.

E.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Halltown, Va., August 23, 1864-2 p.m.

Brigadier General W. W. AVERELL,

Commanding Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you report without delay to Brigadier General A. T. A. Torbert, chief of cavalry, Middle Military Division. All orders received by you from him will be obeyed and respected accordingly.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.

F.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION

In the Field, August 20, 1864-8.30 p.m.

(Received 8 a.m. 21st.)

Brigadier General W. W. AVERELL,

Commanding Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: I do not know why you moved your cavalry from Shepherdstown. If there was a necessity it was not known to me, and you have not informed me. Your own scouts report nothing at Martinsburg or for four miles beyond in the direction of Winchester. Report to me at once where you are and why you moved from Shepherdstown.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

C.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION,

DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Fair Play, Md., August 21, 1864-7.30 a.m.

Major General P. H. SHERIDAN,

Commanding Middle Military Division:

GENERAL: I have received your note of 8.30 p.m. yesterday, stating that I had not informed you why my cavalry was moved from Shep-