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HANCOCK, August 5, 1864.

(Received 10.30 a. m.)

General B. F. KELLEY:

The report of the rebel cavalry being on the Bath road is incorrect; it was General Averell's men. They have just come in from a scouting expedition, and say no rebs on the Batch road.

C. C. YEAKLE,

Operator.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,

DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Hancock, Md., August 5, 1864.

Brigadier-General AVERELL:

SIR: The report is that the enemy have crossed in force at Williamsport with wagon train of from 300 to 500 wagons. This is twice reported by our signal officer who is at Fairview. They commenced crossing at 10 o'clock, and continued crossing until 12 o'clock this day.

Respectfully, &c.,

A. N. DUFFIE,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers.

(Copy to General Kelley.)

HEADQUARTERS FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,

Hancock, Md., August 5, 1864.

Major-General HUNTER:

SIR: I sent to you the following telegram from General Kelley:

CUMBERLAND, August 5, 1864.

We again defeated the enemy at New Creek yesterday. Their loss severe; ours not heavy.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

No enemy crossed the Potomac yesterday, as reported. He has withdrawn his picket from the other side of the river.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. N. DUFFIE,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers.

Nothing new from General Averell.

CUMBERLAND, August 5, 1864-9.10 a. m.

Brigadier-General DUFFIE:

Your telegram just received. Scouts report that General Averell overtook the enemy Moorefield and captured his artillery and 500 prisoners. This is not official; yet, I hope it is so. Your train, &c., arrived here yesterday morning. All quiet here. Will run trains to Hancock to-morrow if all right below you.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.