I have telegraphed the above for your information. I have instructed the post at Bulltown that I wish to hear of no surrender or surprise. That post is strong to hold out against any force that can be brought against it.
CHARLESTON, W. VA., February 6, 1865.
Commanding, Loup Creek, W. Va.:
A good many of the rebels are now and will be near your lines home on furlough. Pick up all you can, but see that your scouts are very cautious or they may be picked up.
JOHN H. OLEY,
CLARKSBURG, February 6, 1865.
Major CHARLES H. DAY,
The following just received from Buckhannon:
A man just from Centerville reports the rebels to the number of fifteen came into that place about 3 o'clock this morning, and after robbing the stores left in the direction of Bulltown; told some citizens they came from Braxton County, and there were some 1,500 there.
H. C. RIZER,
Have you any information of this? Please answer.
CHAS. F. A. YAHRLING,
Captain and Aide-de-Camp.
HDQRS. MIDDLE DEPT., 8TH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 23.
Baltimore, Md., February 6, 1865.
It is hereby ordered that the troops in this department be drilled three times a day and prepared for active service in the field. During the cold weather overcast will be worn on parade and while at drill. Commanding officers of districts, brigades, posts, regiments, and detachments will be held to a strict accountability for the faithful observance of this order.
By command of Brevet Brigadier-General Morris, U. S. Army:
SAMUEL B. LAWRENCE,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST,
New York City, February 6, 1865.
Commanding First Division New York State National Guards:
SIR: In view of the coming draft, which has been fixed for the 15th, I have the honor to request that you will advise these headquarters as to the probability of any resistance to the officers of the Provost-Marshal-General's Department. If you anticipate resistance please state