HARPER'S FERRY, W. VA., August 8, 1864.
(Received 11 p. m.)
Commanding Third Cavalry Division:
Do not lose a moment in getting your division to join me. If it will take five or six days to get your other brigade up, get McIntosh ready at once and order him to join me on the north side of the river at this place, and by the shortest road. If you can get the whole of your division ready within three days, join me, via Leesburg, Snicker's Gap, and Berryville.
P. H. SHERIDAN,
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON, 22ND ARMY CORPS,
August 8, 1864.
Commanding Cavalry Division:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that Major-General Sheridan, commanding Middle Military Division, desires you to join with your division with as little delay as practicable, via Leesburg and Snicker's Gap.
I am, general, very respectfully,
J. H. TAYLOR,
Chief of Staff and Assistant Adjutant-General.
WASHINGTON, D. C., August 8, 1864-3 a. m.
Chief of Staff to General Sheridan:
Your dispatch of 10 p. m. [7th] received. My brigade leaves Tennallytown early in the morning for Harper's Ferry.
G. A. CUSTER,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,
Harper's Ferry, W. Va., August 8, 1864.
Major General P. H. SHERIDAN,
Comdg. Middle Military Division, Harper's Ferry, W. Va.:
GENERAL: I have the honor to inform you that there are at present within this department eleven regiments of Ohio National Guard (100-days' men) whose term of service will expire in six or eight days. Sending these troops home to be mustered out at the expiration of their term of service will leave the line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the Kanawha Valley in an almost defenseless condition.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,