War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0904 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LV.

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can withdraw the pickets on the Sharpsburg pike, leaving, as you suggested, a small party at the ferry to report what may be going on in our camps.

Very respectfully,

M. A. RENO,

Captain and Chief of Staff.

HANCOCK, August 24, 1864

(Received Oakland 11.05 a.m.)

Major-General KELLEY:

General Averell was at Sharpsburg yesterday. His pickets are at all the fords along the river from McCoy's Ferry, on the Maryland side. The fight on Sunday was near Berryville. I will come up this p.m. Gilmor's forces reported near Martinsburg while I was there.

F. B. MILLER.

SPECIAL ORDERS .

HEADQUARTERS. No. 27.

Cumberland, Md., August 24, 1864.

I. The One hundred and fifty-fourth Regiment Ohio National Guard, Colonel R. Stevenson commanding, will proceed to Camp Chase, Ohio, for the purpose of being mustered out of service. The quartermaster's department is directed to provide transportation.

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By order of Brevet Major-General Kelley:

C. A. FREEMAN,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

CLARKSBURG, August 24, 1864.

Major-General KELLEY:

Rebels surprised and captured the picket-post at Huttonsville this morning.

N. WILKINSON,

Colonel.

CLARKSBURG, August 24, 1864.

(Received Cumberland 9.20 p.m.)

Major-General KELLEY:

The following received from Beverly:

About 100 dismounted men came across the mountains, stepped into the camp of the pickets at Huttonsville at 3 o'clock this morning, and captured about seventy horses, seventy sets horse equipments, seventy carbines, and accouterments. They made off in great haste toward Crab Bottom. They captured forty men, but could not get them along as fast as they demanded, and let them go. No one killed; one man seriously wounded. Major Shaw, of the Eighth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, is in pursuit.

R. YOUART,

Lieutenant-Colonel.

N. WILKINSON,

Colonel, Commanding.