at Hughes' Ferry, Gauley River, three days ago, but could not, and went back. Scouts returned yesterday twenty miles from Lewisburg; report nothing new. Think the above move is the one reported. Rivers and streams very high.
JOHN H. OLEY,
Colonel, Commanding First Separate Brigade.
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WEST VIRGINIA,
Cumberland, Md., January 14, 1865.
Colonel JOHN H. OLEY,
Commanding First Separate Brigade, Charleston, W. Va.:
CLARKSBURG, W. VA., January 14, 1865.
The following has just been received from Weston:
"James McCorly, senator, just arrived from Braxton County, and reports that 1,800 rebels left Lewisburg a few days since. The citizens of Braxton County suppose their march to be in this direction. Lines down between Weston and Bulltown. Will send out scouts immediately.
"A. N. THOMSON,
"Captain, Eighth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Commanding Post."
The major-general commanding directs that you send out scouts at once to ascertain the facts, promptly reporting any information obtained. It is not known how much importance to be attached to the above.
WM. McKINLEY, Jr.,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
(Copy sent to General Forsyth, chief of staff.)
CHARLESTON, W. VA., January 14, 1865.
Loup Creek, W. Va.:
It is reported via Clarksburg that a large body of rebels left Lewisburg a few days since and moved into Braxton County. What news have you? Has any one come in from Lewisburg lately? Send out scouts and communicate with Captain Ramsay at once, also on Lewisburg road. Answer to-night.
JOHN H. OLEY,
LOUP CREEK, January 14, 1865.
Colonel J. H. OLEY,
Commanding, &c., Charleston:
There has no one come in from Lewisburg lately. My scouts returned from that direction a short time since. The information they had was that four companies were then in Lewisburg. Since then I learned that 300 rebels were at Hughes' Ferry, but could not cross. This I