HARPER'S FERRY, August 7, 1864.
(Received 6 p. m.)
Lieutenant Colonel R. E. COOK,
Point of Rocks:
Captain McAteer's command has been ordered to proceed to Berlin, Md., immediately, 100 strong.
POINT OF ROCKS, MD., August 7, 1864.
(Received 8 p. m.)
Captain H. M. BURLEIGH,
Captain Hewett, provost-marshal, Berlin, reports Mosby, from 400 to 500 strong, in his front. Their pickets extend down to near this point. They are pressing teams and removing forage, probably their only object.
R. E. COOK,
WHEELING, August 7, 1864.
(Received Cumberland 9.40 p. m.)
I have a large portion of two brigades of militia under arms for active duty, under Brigadier-Generals Bunker and Core. It is damaging to the farming interests to keep so many of the militia from their work at this time. It has occurred to me that it would be well to disband a part of each regiment and retain a part on duty. Can you give me such information this evening as will enable me to decide; or will you write me by to-morrow's mail?
A. I. BOREMAN,
CUMBERLAND, August 7, 1864-11 p. m.
I think you may with safety disband one-half of each regiment, and I hope the other half can be relieved in a few days. I trust General Averell will overtake the enemy at or near Moorefield.
B. F. KELLEY,
CUMBERLAND, August 7, 1864.
Captain T. MELVIN,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Monocacy:
Scouts report that McCausland and Johnson are retreating toward Wardensville from Moorefield. General Averell is pursuing. A portion of his force was sent from Romney, via the Grassy Lick road, to get