War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0926 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LV.

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GREENCASTLE, August 26, 1864-7.05 p.m.

Brigadier-General AVERELL:

The signal officer on North Mountain reports that a force of the enemy are moving up the river on the Virginia side from Williamsport.

A. M. THAYER,

Lieutenant and Chief Signal Officer, Dept. of the Susquehanna.

CUMBERLAND, August 26, 1864

Captain BOTSFORD,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

A detachment of the Eighth Ohio Cavalry, seventy strong, on picket at Huttonsville were surprised and captured on the morning of the 24th; the men were paroled; horses, equipments, and arms carried off. Jackson's guerrillas are becoming very bold and troublesome in the western part of the State. The 100-days' men have nearly alll returned to their homes.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brevet Major-General.

(Forwarded to Major-General Sheridan.)

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Halltown, August 26, 1864-10.20 p.m.

Brigadier-General KELLEY,

Commanding, Cumberland, Md.:

Your dispatch informing Brevet Major-General Crook of the capture of seventy men of the Eighth Ohio Cavalry, &c., has been referred to these headquarters. I am instructed by the major-general commanding to say that the officer in command of this party should be immediately arrested charges preferred, and tried for allowing, this unnecessary capture of his command.

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HARPER'S FERRY, August 26, 1864.

(Received 11.10 a.m.)

Brevet Major-General KELLEY:

It has been reported to General Halleck that you have detained some regiments of Ohio National Guard after the expiration of their time, causing dissatisfaction in Ohio. He directs that you send them home at once to be mustered out.

By order of Brevet Major-General Crook:

P. G. BIER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HANCOCK, August 26, 1864.

(Received 8.05 p.m.)

Major General B. F. KELLEY:

I have just seen some soldiers from Back Creek, who left there this a.m. no a scout to McCoy's Ferry; when near the ferry they ran into