HEADQUARTERS THIRD CAVALRY DIVISION,
Shepherdstown Ford, August 28, 1864-9.15 a.m.
Captain M. A. RENO,
Chief of Staff:
CAPTAIN: Having received an order implying that the army at Harper's Ferry was to have moved this morning at daylight, I have concluded to cross and move out toward Kearneysville without waiting for any direct instructions. I am sure this course will meet with the general's instructions when he knows reconnaissance five or six miles in all directions from here confirm the opinion that the rebels have gone. I have waited from 6 to this time to hear from somebody. Time is precious and therefore I act as seems best, hoping it will meet with the general's approbation. Custer left here last night for Harper's Ferry.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. H. WILSON,
HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,
Charlestown, August 28, 1864-12 m.
Commanding Third Cavalry Division:
GENERAL: Merritt is at Leetown or should be there by this time. If you can form a junction with him it will not be necessary to come to Charlestown.
JAS. W. FORSYTH,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.
HDQRS. THIRD CAVALRY DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,
Charlestown, Va., August 28, 1864-5.30 p.m.
Major T. P. JOHNSTON,
Chief Quartermaster of Division:
MAJOR: The general commanding division directs that you send up, besides the forage for the command, all regimental and headquarters forges at once, with a liberal supply of horseshoes; also the picket-rope for our headquarters, and our forge. The command will go into camp a short distance from town on the Berryville turnpike.
HARPER'S FERRY, August 28, 1864. (Received 8.30 p.m.)
Honorable E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
The enemy have retired in direction of Bunker Hill,as if falling back down the Valley. General Sheridan has moved out in pursuit. Is camped to-night two miles beyond Charlestown. Some artillery heard this evening in that direction, but it was light and soon ceased.
JOHN D. STEVENSON,