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ALEXANDRIA, August 6, 1864.

(Received 9 p. m.)

Colonel TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-Genera:

The patrols report all quiet do-day. The party sent out last evening went to Dumfries, but found nothing.

H. H. WELLS,

Lieutenant Colonel and Prov. Mar. General, Defenses South of the Potomac.

WASHINGTON, August 6, 1864.

Major-General HUNTER,

Monocacy, Md., or Harper's Ferry, W. Va.:

The Cavalry Bureaui has requested that all unserviceable cavalry horses in your department be sent to the depots at Gallipolis, Ohio, and Giesborough, D. C. I have directed that every possible effort be made to mount your cavalry.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA, No. 60.

Harper's Ferry, W. Va., August 6, 1864.

Major General P. H. Sheridan having arrived is hereby placed in immediate command of all the troops within the department.

By command of Major-General Hunter:

P. G. BIER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA, No. 146.

Harper's Ferry, W. Va., August 6, 1864.

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5. Brigadier General J. C. Sullivan, U. S. Volunteers, having reported for duty at the expiration of his leave of absence, will proceed to Charleston, W. Va., and assume command of the troops in the Valley of the Kanawha.

6. In compliance with orders from Lieutenant-General Grant, Brigadier General A. P. Howe and staff will return at once to Washington, D. C., and report to Major-General Augur, commanding Department of Washington.

By order of Major-General Hunter:

P. G. BIER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WASHINGTON, August 6, 1864.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Willard's Hotel:

General Grant directs that you go to Harper's Ferry this morning to assume general command of all the troops in the field. You will call at Monocacy to ascertain if General Hunter has left. Formal orders will be sent to you at Harper's Ferry.

H. W HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.