War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0688 Chapter LV. OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA.

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CUMBERLAND, MD., August 4, 1864.

(Received 9 p. m.)

Major General D. HUNTER,

Monocacy, Md.:

The enemy have just attacked New Creek. I have sent all the force I can spare to its support. Averell is yet at Bath. I have urged him for God's sake to move at once.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

(Copy forwarded to Halleck, 9 p. m.)

HANCOCK, August 4, 1864.

Brigadier-General KELLEY:

The report that the rebels had crossed at Cherry Run is untrue. There are none on this side of Potomac.

A. N. DUFFIE,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Hancock, August 4, 1864.

Brigadier-General DUFFIE:

GENERAL: I have the honor to request that you will remain at this point and picket the roads and fords from this place to Williamsport, sending small scouting parties across the river to penetrate as far as possible, and informing General Hunter and General Kelley of anything that my occur. I have also the honor to request that you will direct 500 of the most serviceable mounted men of your division to report to me for duty. This command is entirely took weak for the enterprise which is contemplated. It will return in two or three days.

Very respectfully,

WM. M. AVERELL,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION, DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

August 4, 1864-9 a. m.

Major-General HUNTER,

Monocacy Junction:

Patrols report no troops have passed on the Romney grade, east or west. Early's forces between Bunker Hill and Winchester. Deserters report they have orders to move to Richmond.

WM. W. AVERELL,

Brigadier-General.

HANCOCK, August 4, 1864.

(Received 8.20 a. m.)

Brigadier General B. F. KELLEY:

Have you any news this morning?

WM. W. AVERELL.