CUMBERLAND, August 8, 1864-11 a. m.
Major-General HUNTER, Monocacy:
I have stopped at different points on my line, and have now here in camp over 900 stragglers from General Crook's command. Shall I hold them here till I can send them back by rail?
B. F. KELLEY,
(Copy to Major-General Sheridan.)
Harper's Ferry, August 8, 1864.
(Received Cumberland 10 p. m.)
Brigadier General B. F. KELLEY:
Hold the stragglers of General Crook's command at Cumberland until further orders.
P. H. SHERIDAN,
HARPER'S FERRY, W. VA., August 8, 1864.
Brigadier General B. F. KELLEY, Cumberland:
Retain stragglers from General Crook's command until they can be sent by rail.
By order of Major-General Hunter:
CUMBERLAND, August 8, 1864.
Major-General HUNTER, Harper's Ferry:
Captains Duncan and Kelly, of Fourteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, captured near Martinsburg two weeks since, made their escape from the prisoners' camp near Winchester and came into my lines at Paw Paw to-day. They report that Early broke camp at Bunker Hill on Friday last and moved to Doctor Hammond's farm near North Mountain Station; that Union citizens reported to them that the rebels were sending their stock up the Back Creek Valley, having heard that Sheridan was moving down the Shenandoah Valley with a large force. The prisoners' camp near Winchester, on the Front Royal road, was guarded by only sixty men; there were over 600 prisoners. No reenforcements had been sent to Early.
B. F. KELLEY,
HEADQUARTERS, No. 21.
Cumberland, Md., August 8, 1864.
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III. The detachment of Battery H, First West Virginia Light Artillery, on duty in the front at this place, will be placed en route, without delay, to rejoin their company at New Creek, W. Va. The quartermaster's department will furnish necessary transportation.
By order of Brigadier-General Kelley:
C. A. FREEMAN,
Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.