War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0839 Chapter LV. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC. - UNION.

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CUMBERLAND, August 18, 1864-3 p.m.

Captain T. MELVIN,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Harper's Ferry:

I learn that General Averell is falling back from Martinsburg toward Hagerstown. I most respectfully ask that he be ordered to occupy and hold Hancock if not inconsistent with General Sheridan's plans and movements.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brevet Major-General.

CUMBERLAND, August 18, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER SIXTH WEST VIRGINIA CAVALRY, Beverly, W. Va.:

An order was sent in mail this a.m. for you to move with your command to this place. Get ready to move at once.

By order of Brevet Major-General Kelley:

C. A. FREEMAN,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

CUMBERLAND, August 18, 1864.

Colonel N. WILKINSON,

Clarksburg, W. Va.:

It is reported that small squads of rebels are in Gilmer, Roane, Calhoun, and Wirt Counties. You will send out as strong a detachment as you can spare, under command of a reliable officer, with ten days' rations of hard bread, sugar, and coffee, to scout that region thoroughly. The rations will be carried on pack-horses. Advise these headquarters fully by mail if you have any such information.

By order of Brevet Major-General Kelley:

C. A. FREEMAN,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. MIDDLE DEPT., 8TH ARMY CORPS, No. 207. Baltimore, August 18, 1864.

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2. The One hundred and thirty-first Regiment Ohio National Guard, Colonel J. G. Lowe commanding, will be put en route, without delay, to report to the commanding officer at Columbus, Ohio, there to be mustered out and paid off at the expiration of their term of service in accordance with the mustering regulations of the army. The quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation. Brevet Brigadier General W. W. Morris, U. S. Army, is charged with the execution of this order.

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By command of Major-General Wallace:

SAML. B. LAWRENCE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.