War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0018 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION, January 2, 1865.

Brigadier-General STEVENSON:

Have any field batteries been sent from Harper's Ferry to Camp Barry, either yesterday or to-day?

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HARPER'S FERRY, VA., January 2, 1865.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Winchester:

No field batteries have been sent to Camp Barry, either yesterday or to-day.

JOHN D. STEVENSON,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION, Winchester, Va., January 2, 1865. (Received 2 p. m.)

Brigadier-General STEVENSON:

Send the following light batteries to Camp Barry to-morrow morning under command of Captain McKnight, Fifth U. S. Artillery: Battery M, Fifth U. S. Artillery; Battery E, First West Virginia; Baltimore Battery; Thirtieth New York Independent Battery. They must carry five days' rations and forage. You will furnish them an escort of 100 cavalry as far as Rockville.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

CITY POINT, VA., January 3, 1865.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

The expedition against Wilmington will commence their embarkation to-morrow morning, and, if the weather will permit going to sea, will be with Admiral Porter on Friday. Here there is not the slightest suspicion where troops are going. The orders to officers commanding enjoin secrecy, and designate Savannah, and to report to Sherman as their destination.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CITY POINT, January 3, 1865. (Received 7 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

The Richmond Enquirer of to-day says:

The Danville railroad is the great connecting line between Richmond and the sources of supply for the army now defending this city. Unless that road can be properly managed, can have a head and directory, at least competent to supply trains with wood and water, as well as to repair leaky engines, and, above all, with-