War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0956 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LV.

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HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Charlestown, W. Va., August 29, 1864.

Brigadier-General MERRITT,

Commanding First Division Cavalry:

GENERAL: The present intention is to throw two divisions down toward Front Royal on the Winchester pike. Be ready to move at any time to-day, depending on the information you obtained this morning. I congratulate you on your success of yesterday.

Yours, &c.,

A. T. A. TORBERT,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding Cavalry Corps.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

August 29, 1864.

Brigadier-General MERRITT,

Commanding First Division Cavalry:

MY DEAR MERRITT: I am exceedingly anxious to learn if the enemy's infantry have yet left Bunker Hill. The moment you can determine this you will confer a great favor.

Yours, truly,

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Charlestown, W. Va., August 29, 1864-1.05 p. m.

Brigadier-General MERRITT,

Commanding First Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: The general desires me to say to you that he has no doubt about infantry being at the points you designate in your dispatch. General Sheridan wishes you to act cautiously.

Very respectfully,

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. SECOND BRIGADE, FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,

August 29, 1864-11 a. m.

Brigadier-General MERRITT,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: I have been along Colonel Cesnola's lines and nothing can be seen, except a few vedettes. I have only seen three men mounted myself. Don't believe there is any force in this direction, except a few mounted men to watch the country.

Respectfully,

J. F. McQUESTEN,

Captain, Second U. S. Cavalry, Division Inspector.

AUGUST 29, 1864.

Colonel LOWELL,

Commanding Third Brigade, First Cavalry Division:

COLONEL: The rest of the division is in camp near where the road from Summit Point crosses the Middleway and Charlestown pike. We