War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0876 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LV.

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Only two of the scouts sent out last night have returned; the substance of their report has been sent in; those toward Bunker Hill have not yet been heard of.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. H. WILSON,

Brigadier-General.

CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. CAVALRY, MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Charlestown, Va., August 21, 1864.

GENERAL: I am directed by the chief of cavalry to inform you that General Averell has removed his command from Shepherdstown to some point unknown; he left a few pickets at Shepherdstown and a regiment at Sharpsburg. He also directs that any important information you may receive from Smithfield and that direction be sent down the Middleway pike to General Wright's headquarters (which is one mile and a half from Charlestown on that pike) at the same time it is sent to you.

Very respectfully,

M. A. RENO,

Captain and Chief of Staff.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. THIRD CAVALRY DIVISION, No. 42.

In the Field, August 21, 1864.

1. The brigadier-general commanding is gratified at the good behavior of the Third New Jersey Cavalry, particularly that of Lieutenant Stickle, in command of a detachment, in the engagements of this morning and on the 17th, at Winchester; it bespeaks an honorable career for the regiment.

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By command of Brigadier-General Wilson:

L. SIEBERT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CHARLESTOWN SIGNAL STATION,

August 21, 1864.

General STEVENSON:

There is indications of a fight here. I have sent all wagons inside of Bolivar Heights. There is one brigade infantry with them. You must hold the line of Bolivar Heights. Use dismounted cavalry if necessary.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

In the Field, August 21, 1864.

General STEVENSON:

Send out scouts immediately to Snicker's Gap and report, all as soon as possible.

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.