War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0359 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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CHARLESTON, W. VA., February 2, 1865.

Captain WHITLEY, Loup Creek, W. Va.:

Information just received form General Sheridan's headquarters partly confirms your intelligence. The number is not reported over 1,500. Be very vigilant and keep you scouts well out, but I do not think a move is contemplated at present.

JOHN H. OLEY,

Colonel, Commanding.

LOUP CREEK, February 2, 1865.

Colonel J. H. OLEY, Commanding, &c., Charleston:

My scouts from the Lewisburg road have returned. They reported that General Echols is at Lewisburg with his brigade of infantry, and the Fourteenth Virginia Cavalry is distributed in the neighborhood. Five other regiments of cavalry, under General McCausland, are in Greenbrier and Monroe. This report I think is correct. There is a rebel picket reported to be on the Flat Top. The rebel scouts were at Horse Shoe yesterday just after my scouts left that place.

J. WHITLEY, JR.,

Captain, Commanding Post.

CAMP PIATT, February 2, 1865.

Captain J. M. RIFLE, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Charleston:

Captain Whitley reports as follows: That he has what he calls positive information that there are tow brigades of rebels in Greenbrier and Monroe, also four batteries at the Narrows of New River. Rosser is said to be in Bath County with 1,200 men. They are now gathering in forage and supplies in the above-named counties.

JOHN S. PLANTER.

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

CHARLESTON, W. VA., February 2, 1865.

Lieutenant-Colonel PLANTER,

Commanding First New York Cavalry, Camp Piatt:

The arrival of a considerable force of rebels at Lewisburg is confirmed by information from General Sheridan's headquarters. Keep everything in trim, officers and men at their posts, and take every precaution necessary.

JOHN H. OLEY,

Colonel, Commanding.

WINCHESTER, February 2, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER MIDDLE DEPARTMENT,

Baltimore:

The major-general commanding directs that your order 400 men, with proper officers, from the consolidated Maryland regiments to report without delay to Brigadier-General Schopf, commanding Fort Delaware. Please acknowledge.

C. KINBSBURY, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.