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in their front and blockade the road. The people in the southwest part of West Virginia are becoming alarmed, fearing a raid. I most respectfully suggest your order a competent officer to the Kanawha region to assume command if you have one to spare.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,

Harper's Ferry, August 7, 1864-3.30 p. m.

Brigadier General W. W. AVERELL,

Commanding Cavalry Division, Cumberland, Md.:

Concentrate your cavalry command at Hancock, and join me without delay be the shortest and most practicable route. You can ascertain where I am by telegraphic to General Howe, commanding at Harper's Ferry.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

(Same to Brigadier-General Duffie.)

HARPER'S FERRY, August 7, 1864-9 p. m.

Major-General COUCH,

Comdg. Department of the Susquehanna, Chambersburg:

The enemy have all recrossed the Potomac back to Virginia.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

FORT MONROE, VA., August 8, 1864-12 m.

(Received 8 p. m.)

Major-General HALLECK,

Washington, D. C.:

To supply the places of troops going out of service in the Middle Division, the Nineteenth Corps, or so much of it as may be necessary, can be taken after Early's forces are expelled. This will obviate the necessity of sending troops from City Point, unless a whole corps is required.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Harper's Ferry, W. Va., August 8, 1864-4.10 p. m.

(Received 4.50 p. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

Brigadier-General Kelley reports that a scout has just arrived at New Creek and reports that General Averell overtook the enemy near Moorefield yesterday and attacked him, capturing all of his artillery and 500 prisoners. Nothing official has been received from General Averell, however.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.