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had a right smart fight with the enemy's infantry to-day; were forced to retire slowly, but did it in the best of fashion. A division of the Sixth Corps has moved out toward Smithfield (Middleway). Patrol toward the pickets of the Second Brigade, on your right.

Very respectfully,

W. MERRITT,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, August 29, 1864-10.30 a. m.

General STEVENSON,

Commanding, Harper's Ferry:

The services of Colonel Chipman being required here, you will please keep the Department advised of all military operations and information that may come to your knowledge, and endeavor to have such arrangements made as will give you prompt information of everything that transpires in the front or in your vicinity, reporting, at all events, regularly at 8 a. m. and 9 p. m. each day.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DISTRICT OF HARPER'S FERRY,

Harper's Ferry, August 29, 1864.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Your order will be strictly complied with.

Respectfully,

JOHN D. STEVENSON,

Brigadier-General.

HARPER'S FERRY, August 29, 1864-9 p. m.

(Received 9.15 p. m.)

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

General Sheridan, with his army, is occupying a position about two miles beyond Charlestown. The enemy are apparently concentrated in vicinity of Smithfield and Bunker Hill. Heavy firing in that direction all day. No particulars received. Averell, with his command, occupies Martinsburg to-night.

JOHN D. STEVENSON,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Charlestown, August 29, 1864.

Brigadier General JOHN D. STEVENSON,

Commanding District of Harper's Ferry:

GENERAL: I am directed by the major-general commanding to acknowledge the receipt of your communication* of this date, and I am instructed to say in reply that General Sheridan has forwarded to Major-General Halleck, Chief of Staff, telegraphic report up to date (this evening) of the operations of this army. As regards guards, escorts,

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*Not found.

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