War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0728 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LV.

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HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON, 22ND ARMY CORPS,

Washington, D. C., August 8, 1864.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Commanding Middle Division:

Colonel Lazelle is posted at Falls Church, and pickets from the Potomac near Difficult Creek to Orange and Alexandria Railroad. Major Waite has near 600 cavalry along the Potomac from Great Falls To the mouth of the Monocacy, watching the different fords.

C. C. AUGUR,

Major-General.

Wilson has just arrived with a portion of his division. I showed him your telegram. He will make all possible haste.

C. C. A.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

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

(Received 4.50 p. m.)

Major General C. C. AUGUR:

Can the Eighth Illinois Cavalry by spared? I find that the cavalry has been so scattered up here that it is no wonder it has not done well.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON, 22ND ARMY CORPS,

August 8, 1864.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Commanding Middle Division, Harper's Ferry:

The Eighth Illinois Cavalry is scattered worse than anything you have-the headquarters of six companies are in General Wallace's department; Major Waite, with four companies, is guarding the Potomac between Great Fals and the Monocacy; another company is near Port Tobacco, and another portion is with the Army of the Potomac. I do not see how Major Waite's command can be spared, as I have no cavalry to replace it. I dont know about that part of the regiment with General Wallace. Will you be at Harper's Ferry to-morrow? If so, I will go, or send to meet you, with a roster of this command, if you wish it.

C. C. AUGUR,

Major-General, Commanding.

HARPER'S FERRY, August 8, 1864.

(Received 11.30 p. m.)

Major General C. C. AUGUR,

Commanding Department of Washington:

Your dispatch in reference to the Eighth Illinois Cavalry received. Colonel Lowell left about 600 men of Gregg's cavalry division in support of Major Waite. They moved this morning toward the mouth of the Monocacy and will remain in that vicinity. Will you please order