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CUMBERLAND, [August] 4, 1864.

J. A. BYERS,

Aide-de-Camp:

Nothing for the general. My scouts have not reported from Springfield to-day yet. Please tell the general to push on with all practicable speed. I will have forage and rations in readiness for him.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

CUMBERLAND, [August] 4, 1864.

(Received Alpine 2 p. m.)

Brigadier-General AVERELL:

A dispatch, just received from New Creek, informs me that the pickets have been driven in at that place. I presume it is McNeill's and a portion of McCausland's force. Please push on as rapidly as possible.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

CUMBERLAND, August 4, 1864.

(Received Alpine 3 p. m.)

Brigadier-General AVERELL:

New Creek is attacked by McCausland's force. Push on with all possible speed. I cannot spare force from here to support New Creek.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

SIR JOHN'S RUN, August 4, 1864.

General B. F. KELLEY,

Cumberland:

I will move as fast as I possibly can. Send dispatches after me advising me of all news, so that I may direct my course right. You cannot expect me to help New Creek.

WM. M. AVERELL,

Brigadier-General.

CUMBERLAND, August 4, 1864-3 p. m.

Brigadier-General AVERELL,

Hancock:

Duffie says he can take care of the force that is treating him. For God's sake move forward as rapidly as possible.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

CUMBERLAND, August 4, 1864-4 p. m.

(Received 6.30 p. m.)

Brigadier-General AVERELL:

The wires have ceased to work [west]. If the enemy take New Creek they will attack me from the west. I shall rely on your being within supporting distance to-morrow morning.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.