War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0940 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LV.

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WASHINGTON, D. C., August 28, 1864-2 p.m.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Harper's Ferry:

General Hunter has asked to be relieved from the Department of West Virginia. General Crook has been named for the place. Would the change meet your wishes?

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

CHARLESTOWN, W. VA., August 28, 1864-8.30 p.m.

(Received 1.25 a.m. 29th)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

Your dispatch of 2 p.m. relative to the assignment of General Crook to the command of the Department of West Virginia received. I have the honor to request that General Crook be appointed to that command.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

[AUGUST 28, 1864. - For Sheridan to Halleck, reporting operations, &c., see p. 22.]

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, August 28, 1864- 8 p.m.

Colonel CHIPMAN,

Harper's Ferry:

What news have you to-day? We have heard nothing.

EDWIN M. STANTON.

HARPER'S FERRY, August 28, 1864-10 p.m.

(Received 10.25 p.m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

I was at General Sheridan's tent at sunrise this a.m. He had learned nothing definite as to the movement of the enemy at that time. The army moved out about 9 this morning and are to-night encamped in the vicinity of Charlestown. The cavalry have been feeling of enemy. Firing was heard to-day, but I have not been able to learn anything from the front. Sent couriers to-night, who will return before morning. Can hear of no enemy up or down the river except from operator at Muddy Branch, which you have seen.

N. P. CHIPMAN,

Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION, No. 18.

Near Halltown, Va., August 28, 1864.

1. Lieutenant Colonel C. Kingsbury, jr., assistant adjutant-general, is temporarily assigned to duty as assistant adjutant-general, Middle Military Division, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.