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NEW CREEK, August 29, 1864.

(Received Cumberland 9.50 p. m.)

Major-General KELLEY:

McNeill left Moorefield yesterday morning with about 300 men; started in the direction of Romney, and form all I can learn he is making a raid on the railroad east of Cumberland. Three of his men were in Ridgeville this p. m. I was within six miles of Pittsburg [Petersburg] to-day; no enemy there.


NEW CREEK, August 29, 1864.

General B. F. KELLEY,

Cumberland, Md.:

Hinkle reports from six miles south of Greenland Gap, at 8 this a. m., that McNeill, with 300 men, left Moorefield yesterday morning, moving toward the railroad east of Cumberland.


Captain and Assistant Inspector-General.

SOUTH BRANCH, August 29, 1864.

(Received 1.25 p. m.)

Major-General KELLEY:

Mr. Caldwell came down form Springfield this morning; informs me that McNeiil's company was in Romney last night, and that one of his men had flanked the pickets and been at Green Springs this morning; also that some of his men were in Springfield last night. I understand there were some fifteen or twenty head of cattle driven from Old Town over to Green Spring yesterday. May be McNeill will make for this cattle.


Captain, Commanding.

CHERRY RUN, August 29, 1864.

Major-General KELLEY:

We are here, all right. Some of General Averell's pickets here and at Back Creek, who report the general at Martinsburg. Rebels have fallen back to Bunker Hill. I will remain here to-night with the cars with a strong picket, if you think proper. Answer immediately. P. B. PETRIE,

Captain, Commanding.

CUMBERLAND, August 29, 1864.

Colonel HOY,

New Creek:

Send a detachment of twenty men, under command of a reliable officer, to Piedmont, to remain till further orders. Direct the officer to send a small scout daily toward Elk Garden settlement.


Brevet Major-General.