War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0442 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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WINCHESTER, February 6, 1865.

(Received 11.20 a.m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

Mr. Foote decides to go to New York. Has no further communications to make. He will leave for that place at once, accompanied by one of my personal aides.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

WINCHESTER, VA., February 6, 1865.

(Received 1.50 p.m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

A small party, under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Whitaker, sent out by General Merritt to break up Harry Gilmor's band, at a point south of Moorefield, was quite successful. Major Young, of my staff, and chief of scouts, captured Harry Gilmor and brought him in.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

WINCHESTER, VA., February 6, 1865.

(Received 5.40 p.m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

I would respectfully ask permission to send Major Harry Gilmor to either Fort Lafayette or Fort Warren for confinement. He is an energetic, shrewd, and unscrupulous scoundrel and a dangerous man. He must be closely watched, or he will escape.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

(Copy to Commissary-General of Prisoners.)

HEADQUARTERS PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

DEFENSES SOUTH OF THE POTOMAC,

Alexandria, Va., February 6, 1865.

(Received 7.30 p.m.)

Colonel TAYLOR,

Chief of Staff and Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: The patrols report all quiet to-day. It is reported by persons from Prince William County that the rebels are preparing to conscript every able-bodied man in Prince William and Fairfax Counties that can be caught. They are said to have formed a conscript camp about five miles below Fredericksburg.

H. H. WELLS,

Colonel and Provost-Marshal-General, Defenses South of the Potomac.