War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0848 OPERATIONS IN N.VA.,W.VA.,MD., AND PA. Chapter LV.

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HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY, MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION, Charlestown, Va., August 19, 1864.

General WILSON,

Commanding Third Division Cavalry:

GENERAL: The chief of cavalry directs me to inform you that General Averell is at Shepherdstown with his command, picketing toward Martinsburg, Leetown, and Gerrardstown. There is no further information from General Merritt's command. He also directs that you send in your train of empty wagons if you have not done so already, and also requisitions for artillery ammunition. He also wishes a report from you as to the condition of affairs in your front. Headquarters, if not at this point, will be on the Berryville pike in the vicinity of the Nineteenth Army Corps.

Very respectfully,

M. A. RENO,

Captain and Chief of Staff.

Send a pretty strong escort with your reports, fifteen men and an officer.

Abstract from field return of Third Division, Cavalry Corps, commanded by Brigadier General James H. Wilson, August 19, 1864.

For duty fully equipped

Troops Officers Men Not fully Aggregate

equipped present

and absent

Division 12 74 29 115

headquarters

First Brigade 113 1,876 152 2,346

Second 58 1,298 117 1,639

Brigade

Total 183 3,248 298 4,100

Pennington's 3 116 - 133

battery

Fitzburgh's 3 106 - 128

battery

Total 189 3,470 298 4,361

HDQRS. FIRST BRIGADE, THIRD DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS, August 19, 1864.

Captain L. SIEBERT,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The officer in charge of the detachment sent with dispatch to General Merritt has returned, with the information that when the Sixth Army Corps moved Colonel Lowell fell back, and that the enemy now hold the crest of hills this side of the creek.

CHAS. H. MILLER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.