War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0704 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LV.

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CUMBERLAND, August 5, 1864.

Brigadier-General DUFFIE,

Hancock:

If there is a squad of rebels on the Bath road, can't you drive them off or capture them? Rations and forage loaded and ready to go as soon as South Branch bridge is repaired.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

SPRINGFIELD, August 5, 1864.

(Received 8.45 a. m.)

Brigadier General B. F. KELLEY,

Cumberland:

I expected to find some information here from you of the enemy to guide my movements, but have received nothing. Will you please furnish me with all the intelligence of the enemy that you have?

WM. W. AVERELL,

Brigadier-General.

CUMBERLAND, August 5, 1864.

(Received 6 a. m. 6th.)

Brigadier-General AVERELL,

Springfield, Va.:

Enemy repulsed at New Creek last night. Are retreating rapidly toward Moorefield. Forage and rations were sent you this a. m. to Green Spring, also teams to haul to Springfield. Do not delay to pursue them with vigor; they are short of ammunition.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

NEW CREEK, August 5 1864.

General KELLEY:

The rebels left here during the night. We are now hunting them; cannot tell which way they have gone. I will keep you advised of every movement. It may be the rebels have gone west.

ROBT. STEVENSON,

Colonel, Commanding Forces.

NEW CREEK, [August 5,] 1864.

Brigadier-General KELLEY:

All right this morning; rebels left. We are going in pursuit; will keep you advised. Re-enforcements arrived safe. We had a hot fight all afternoon. Cannot tell yet our loss; not heavy. Captured one prisoner; says the forces of McCausland and Johnson are going out toward Parkersburg, and will go on to the road west of this place. I have confidence in the man and his farther; he belongs to the First Virginia (rebel) Cavalry. Telegraph wire down west of here.

J. F. HOY,

Lieutenant-Colonel.