War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0760 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LV.

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HARPER'S FERRY, W. VA., August 10, 1864-7.30 p. m.

(Received 8.10 p. m.)

Major T. T. ECKERT:

Orderly just returned from front. General Sheridan near Berryville at 4 p. m. Had slight skirmishing with enemy as he advanced. Doing well.

G. J. LAWRENCE,

Cipher Operator.

CITY POINT, August 10, 1864.

(Received 10.30 p. m.)

Captain LEET:

We had some information here yesterday that troops, supposed to be over a regiment, left Richmond last Saturday evening by the Central railroad, going north. The attention of the men sent by Colonel Sharpe should be carefully drawn to them to ascertain which way these troops have passed from Gordonsville, and their number.

T. S. BOWERS,

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Berryville, Va., August 10, 1864.

The three days' rations drawn by the troops of this command before starting will be required to last four days from the date of issue, with such additional issue of fresh beef as may be necessary. The general headquarters to-night is established on the right of the turnpike going into Berryville, within 100 yards of the town.

By command of Major-General Sheridan:

F. C. NEWHALL,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Berryville, Va., August 10, 1864.

Corps and other independent commanders will have their commands in readiness to move at 5 a. m. to-morrow. Special instructions in regard to their movement will be sent during the night.

By command of Major-General Sheridan:

F. C. NEWHALL,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Berryville, August 10, 1864.

I. The command will move from its present position to-morrow morning in the following order and at the following designated hours:

II. The Sixth Corps will move at 5 o'clock and on the pike opposite General Wright's headquarters until it arrives at a point where that pike intersects the Berryville pike; it will then oblique and cross the fields until it reaches the pike leading from Berryville to Winchester; then up that pike to the crossing of Opequon Creek. If the enemy's infantry is encountered on this latter pike it will driven across the creek and the crossing secured.