War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0188 N. AND SE. VA., N. C., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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CUMBERLAND, MD., January 20, 1865 - 7 p. m.

(Received 7.45 p. m.)

Major-General HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

Dispatch just received. I have here immediately, and will be in Washington to-morrow.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

CAMDEM STATION, January 20, 1865.

(Received 8.10 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

General Sheridan is upon our road coming east, so that he can reach Washington to-morrow.

J. W. GARRETT,

President.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION, Numbers 18.

January 20, 1865.

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7. Major F. C. Newhall, aide-de-camp and acting assistant inspector-general, is hereby ordered to proceed to such points on the military railroad from Stephenson's Depit to harper's Ferry and on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from harper's Ferry to Martinsburg as may be necessary for the purpose of investigating the circumstances attending the late raid of the enemy upon the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Major Newhall will also ascertain the strength and disposition of troops along the route from Stephenson's Depot to Charlestown. Upon performing this duty he will return to these headquarters without delay and report such information as he may have gained. The quartermaster's department will furnish the necessary transportation.

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By command of Major-General Sheridan:

C. KINGSBURY, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

January 20, 1865.

Brigadier-General STEVENSON:

It is rumored here to-night that there was a train captured on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad night before last. Is it so? Have not received any reports.

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Brevet Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HARPER'S FERRY, January 20, 1865.

Brigadier-General FORSYTH,

Chief of Staff:

Night before last apart of rebels, strength not known, took up a rail on Baltimore and Ohio Railroad east of Duffield's, causing a freight