War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0112 N. AND SE.VA., N.C., W.VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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CLARKSBURG, W. VA., January 12, 1865.

Bvt. Major General B. F. KELLEY,

Cumberland:

The wagon-master of Captain Phelps arrived here at 1 o'clock from near Beverly, via Philippi. He reports that the enemy's advance were firing on my pickets at Philippi between 3 and 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Says he saw and heard this when this side of Philippi.

N. WILKINSON,

Colonel.

CLARKSBURG, W. VA., January 12, 1865.

J. B. FORD, Esq.,

Agent Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Wheeling:

My latest intelligence is that the rebels, after capturing Beverly, moved toward Staunton, or in that direction. Have sent scouts to Beverly, and will report to you all necessary details. Am of opinion that you can dispatch your trains as usual.

N. WILKINSON.

BUCKHANNON, W. VA., January 12, 1865.

Colonel N. WILKINSON,

Clarksburg:

About 115 men have arrived from Beverly, nearly all of whom are of the Eighth Ohio: forty-seven are armed. One man says he left Beverly at 2 o'clock yesterday. Rebels were making off with the plunder as rapidly as possible. Quarters and bridge are all that was burned. Thinks they started for Staunton with prisoners, &c. Estimates their force at about 900. I started a cavalry scout for Beverly at about 2 o'clock afternoon.

H. C. RIZED,

Major.

BALTIMORE, MD., January 12, 1865 -11.30 a.m. [Received 11.45 a.m.]

Bvt. Brigadier General CHARLES THOMAS,

Acting Quartermaster-General:

The Oriental has not yet arrived. The Illinois Victor, and Ashland are loaded and under orders to sail. The Suwo Nada is ready to receive her troops.

R. M. NEWPORT,

Colonel and Quartermaster.

OFFICE OF ACTG. ASST. PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL, WESTERN DIVISION OF PENNSYLVANIA, Harrisburg, Pa., January 12, 1865.

Brigadier General JAMES B. FRY,

Provost-Marshal-General, Washington, D. C.:

GENERAL: I am informed that there are a number of persons in this division who have in their possession furniture, plate, jewelry, &c.,