War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0468 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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WASHINGTON, D. C., February 7, 1865-2.40 p. m.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Winchester:

The Secretary of War directs that the two prisoners mentioned in your telegram of the 3rd be sent to the penitentiary of Ohio, you notifying the Governor by telegram. Major Gilmor will be sent to Fort Warren for confinement. A special guard should be selected to take him there.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

(Copy to Commissary-General of Prisoners.)

WINCHESTER, VA., February 7, 1864.

(Received 5.20 p. m.)

Colonel W. A. NICHOLS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Washington, D. C.:

Through your Department I am in receipt of a communication from Mrs. P. Y. Cutler asking a pass to Winchester. If Mrs. Cutler will inform me who wrote the letter urging her to hasten with her relief she can come and see me. A lade so easily deceived is safest at home. The worst case of distress in this Valley was the case of old Mr. Hupp, who lives near Strasburg. I issued to him thirty days' rations, and afterward found that he had six months' supplies buried; two sons in rebel army; and at one time Mr. White, one of my scouts, found $ 10,000 in gold under his floor, and a sword that belonged to Stonewall Jackson. The gold was returned to him, and he has not since lost it, unless he sent it South.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

DEFENSES SOUTH OF THE POTOMAC,

Alexandria, Va., February 7, 1865.

Colonel TAYLOR,

Chief of Staff and Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: A party of guerrillas, about fifty or seventy-five, came in this side of Annandale about 11 a. m. and captured a train of quartermaster's carts, hauling brick from Benton's place, near Annandale. This was on the Little River pike, one mile from Could's Mill. I have sent a copy of this dispatch to Colonel Gamble, and have sent what cavalry I have in pursuit.

H. H. WELLS,

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

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Winchester, February 7, 1865.

Brigadier General J. W. MCMILLAN,

Stephenson's Depot:

It is too stormy to follow with cavalry to-day. A small force of cavalry will be sent to operate in conjunction with the forces at Summit Point.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.