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WAR DEPARTMENT, January 2, 1865.

Major-General SHERIDAN:

The Quartermaster-General reports that there is no transportation at Baltimore or Philadelphia, and fears it cannot be had immediately at New York. You will judge what movements should be made before transportation gets there, of which you will be promptly notified.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

WINCHESTER, VA., January 2, 1865-12 midnight.

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Transportation could have been furnished at Stephenson's Depot at 10 a. m. to-morrow, the 3rd, but I have not given the order for it to come until the transports are ready at Baltimore. Please inform me when they will be ready.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding Middle Military Division.

HEADQUARTERS POST, Vienna, Va., January 2, 1865.

Captain CHARLES L. WICKERSHAM,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: I have the honor to report that yesterday, January 1, 1865, two soldiers belonging to the Thirteenth New York Cavalry while on their way to this post were attacked by about twenty rebels who were concealed in the woods near Freedom Hill, Va. One of the men and one horse captured; the other one had three balls pass through his clothes, slightly wounding him on the left side and thumb. His horse ran to the camp of the Sixteenth New York; he escaped by pretending to be unable to ride. This man stated that he had permission to come to this post from Colonel Gansevoort. On receiving the above information I sent out 100 men of the Sixteenth New York Cavalry to scour the country for ten to fifteen miles in front; they returned at dark, seeing nothing, but heard that seven rebels passed in the direction of Jackson's Mills, thence to Dranesville.

I am, captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. S. GALLUPE,

Colonel Fifth Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, Commanding Post.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Cumberland, Md., January 2, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER BATTERY L, FIRST OHIO ARTILLERY:

(Through Brigadier-General Stevenson, Harper's Ferry, W. Va.)

Battery L, First Ohio Artillery, now at Pleasant Valley, Md., is directed to proceed to New Creek, W. Va. The quartermaster's department will furnish transportation.

By command of Major-General Crook:

ROBT. P. KENNEDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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