War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0746 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LV.

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HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Harper's Ferry, W. Va., August 9, 1864.

Brigadier General J. H. WILSON,

Commanding Third Cavalry Division, Washington, D. C.:

(Care of Major General C. C. Augur, commanding Department of Washington.)

Do not lose a moment in getting your division ready 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 route. 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,

Major-General, Commanding.

[Indorsement.]

May it not do as well to have the dispatch sent yesterday, sent to General Wilson care of General Augur?

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Lieutenant-Colonel, &c.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

August 9, 1864-9 p. m.

Brigadier General J. H. WILSON:

(Care of General Augur.)

Have you received my last telegram, through General Augur, in relation to your movements? Also my telegram through the War Department? Please answer.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON, 22ND ARMY CORPS,

August 9, 1864.

Major General P. H. SHERIDAN,

Harper's Ferry:

Have received all your telegrams, and as they contained definite instructions did not think it necessary to reply, but intended to make every exertion to get off the entire command within the three days. I think, from appearances, I can leave day after to-morrow, time enough to make a day's march. Will do my best, but if the troops do not get here shall I wait longer, or go on with what I may have? You know my command is small at best. What about forage in the Valley? How much should I start with?

J. H. WILSON,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON, 22ND ARMY CORPS,

Washington, D. C., August 9, 1864-10 p. m.

Brigadier-General WILSON,

Commanding Cavalry Division:

I have just received another telegram from General Sheridan, requesting me to hasten your departure as much as possible. Will you