War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0798 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LV.

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MARTINSBURG, August 14, 1864.

(Received 7.05 p. m.)

General KELLEY:

After a hard day's work we have got here. Had to make poles and get wire east of here to make it reach. All quiet. General Averell's command has just arrived. Please let me know how long I am to remain here, so I can send up to Back Creek for our rations, as we run out to-morrow.

C. J. HARRISON,

Captain.

CUMBERLAND,

August 14, 1864.

Captain C. J. HARRISON,

Martinsburg:

You will return to Back Creek with your command and await further orders. What news have you from below? When will the telegraph line be ready to work to the Ferry, and when will the road be repaired below?

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

MARTINSBURG,

August 14, 1864.

General KELLEY:

I have no reliable news from below. Several of our scouts here say they cannot get through to Sheridan, Mosby having driven them back. They are working on the road; commenced yesterday; it is destroyed eight miles east of here. Mr. Willard can probably make an estimate at to when trains can pass over; think the line will probably be up by Tuesday evening.

C. J. HARRISON,

Captain.

HEADQUARTERS,

Cumberland, August 14, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER SIXTH WEST VIRGINIA CAVALRY,

North Branch:

The general commanding directs that you send forty men, under a reliable commissioned officer, to proceed, via Frankfort, to Springfield and Romney; thence through Mechanicsburg Gap to Burlington, and return by Patterson's Creek. The command will take two days' rations for men and animals.

By order of Brigadier-General Kelley:

FREEMAN,

Captain and Assistant Inspector-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

In the Field, August 14, 1864-8.30 p. m.

Major-General WALLACE,

Commanding:

The general commanding directs that you relieve all the Eighth Illinois Cavalry now serving in your department and order them to Muddy Branch, in the Department of Washington. This regiment must be concentrated at that point without delay.

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.