War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0050 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION, January 5, 1865.

General STEVENSON:

Order the two Maine regiments now at Martinsburg to join the Nineteenth Corps without further delay at Stephenson's Depot.

By order of Major-General Sheridan:

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Chief of Staff.

HARPER'S FERRY, VA., January 5, 1865.

Brigadier-General FORSYTH:

The orders to Maine regiments, at Martinsburg, and Second Eastern Shore Maryland, at Duffield's, have been sent. They will move to-morrow.

Respectfully,

JOHN D. STEVENSON,

Brigadier-General.

HARPER'S FERRY, VA., January 5, 1865.

Brigadier-General SEWARD,

Martinsburg:

In accordance with orders from Major-General Sheridan you will order the Thirteenth and Fifteenth Maine Regiments to join the Nineteenth Army Corps at Stephenson's Depot without delay.

JOHN D. STEVENSON,

Brigadier-General.

MARTINSBURG, January 5, 1865.

Brigadier-General STEVENSON:

Telegram received. Will send Thirteenth and Fifteenth Maine without delay. Am I to have only the Ninety-first Ohio and battery here?

W. H. SEWARD,

Brigadier-General.

CUMBERLAND, MD., January 5, 1865.

Bvt. Major General B. F. KELLEY,

Commanding Second Infantry Division, Dept. of West Virginia:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that in sending scouting parties into the enemy's country they be instructed to arrest such persons from among the prominent citizens as it would be proper to hold as hostages for Union citizens now held in confinement by the rebel Government. These persons will be arrested as far outside our lines as possible, and care will be taken to arrest only such persons as are influential enough to demand consideration at the hands of the Confederate Government.

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

ROBT. P. KENNEDY,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.