War of the Rebellion: Serial 090 Page 0972 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LV.

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HARPER'S FERRY, August 31, 1864.

(Received 9.15 a. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Nothing form front last night. Couriers expected every moment. As soon as they arrive will report.

JNO. D. STEVENSON,

Brigadier-General.

HARPER'S FERRY, August 31, 1864-11 a. m.

(Received 11.30 a. m.)

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

The infantry of enemy are concentrated at Bunker Hill; our cavalry are sent to operate on their rear; to-day must develop their strength and purpose. No fighting yesterday mentioned.

JNO. D. STEVENSON,

Brigadier-General.

HARPER'S FERRY, August 31, 1864.

(Received 9.40 p. m.)

Hon E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

I have information through rebel sources that Early, with his command, has been recalled to Richmond; that the main body of the enemy passed through Winchester several days ago. I think this to be the fact. I learn from the front that reconnaissances of cavalry as far as Berryville and beyond Smithfield, in direction of Bunker Hill, failed to find enemy to-day.

JNO. D. STEVENSON,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Charlestown, August 31, 1864-9 a. m.

Brigadier General W. W. AVERELL,

Commanding Cavalry Division:

T[orbert], with M[erritt] and W[ilson], have gone up the Valley. I will have definite information soon. If the enemy should fall back, shove them along.

Very respectfully,

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

CUMBERLAND, August 31, 1864.

Brigadier-General AVERELL,

Martinsburg, W. Va:

Your dispatch received. I have no late news of importance. Send you by train this a. m. the latest papers. McNeill, with about 250 men, is lying between Romney and Hanging Rock, evidently Early's western picket, watching my movements.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brevet Major-General.