War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0968 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LV.

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CHERRY RUN, August 30, 1864.

(Received 8.06 a. m.)

Major-General KELLEY:

Everything quiet this a. m. Men just from Martinsburg report things all quiet along line of road. General Averell is in Martinsburg with his command. Our forces had a slight skirmish near Winchester yesterday. If you think proper, I will run down as far as North Mountain to get in communication with General Averell, so I can keep you posted. Please answer.

P. B. PETRIE,

Captain.

CUMBERLAND, August 30, 1864.

Captain C. J. HARRISON,

South Branch:

A cavalry scout of 100 men has gone down to Old Town from North Branch. Please report to the officer all information you have, and get from him all he may know, and report to be telegraph, and I will then give him further orders.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brevet Major-General.

There is no force but McNeill's near Romney.

SOUTH BRANCH, August 30, 1864.

Major General B. F. KELLEY,

Cumberland:

Son just in from Springfield; saw twenty-five rebels three miles this side of there, who turned and went back; heard them shoeing horses in the town. He was informed by colored man that Imboden's command is between Romney and the Wire Bridge, near Springfield, on the old road. He says the men he saw had on blue overcoats, but gray pants. Jim Short, of Imboden's command, was in Cumberland day before yesterday. Could it be our men/

C. J. HARRISON,

Captain, Commanding.

CUMBERLAND, August 30, 1864.

Colonel HOY,

New Creek:

Keep your scouts active and on the alert. I think McNeill intends striking west instead of east of this point. He in all probability will go west of the Alleghany Mountains.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Charlestown, W. Va., August 30, 1864.

Brigadier General MAX WEBER, U. S. Volunteers,

New York City:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 22nd instant relative to your being relieved from the