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HEADQUARTERS SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION,

DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Shapherdstown, Va., August 19, 1864.

Major WITCHER,

Third West Virginia Cavalry:

MAJOR: The general desires that you move with your regiment on the north side of the Potomac at Williamsport. You will find Captain McVicker, and direct him to picket the road to Martinsburg south of the river. You will send picket to Dam No. 5 and McCoy's Ferry. You will send patrols in the direction of Martinsburg and Hedgesville, and will make preparations to defend the line of the river as long as possible. Communicate frequently with these headquarters.

Respectfully,

WILL RUMSEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

In the Field, August 19, 1864.

Brigadier General B. F. KELLEY,

Cumberland, Md.:

The 100-days' men ordered to be sent to Columbus, Ohio, as soon as their term of service expires, will be replaced by other troops as soon as the present exigencies will permit.

By order of Brevet Major-General Crook.

P. G. BIER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Cumberland, August 19, 1864.

Lieutenant GOULD,

Comdg. Detach. of Sixth West Virginia Car., North Branch:

You will send a scout of forty men and one officer, via Burlington and Mechanicsburg Gap, to Romney, returning via Springfield, Frankfort, and Patterson's Creek. A report of this scout will be required, and information is desired as to why no report was made of the last scouting party ordered from these headquarters.

By order of Brevet Major-General Kelley:

C. A. FREEMAN,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

CUMBERLAND, August 19, 1864.

Colonel STEVENSON,

New Creek:

I am not well enough to visit you yet. This I regret very much. I received an order last night from the assistant adjutant-general directing me to hold the 100-days' regiments till he could communicate with the commanding general in the front. You will therefore hold your command ready to move, but will await the order.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brevet Major-General.