Millwood and other points in the Valley. I have been thus particular in the foregoing because these men are the most intelligent, truthful, and reliable men that I have seen. All quiet here. Snow melting very fast. Fitz Lee's and Early's headquarters were at Staunton; Rosser's was at Swoope's Depot.
JAS. W. FORSYTH,
Chief of Staff.
CITY POINT, VA., February 16, 1865-12 p. m.
If you desire it, Major-General Schurz can be ordered to report to you to assist in raising your corps and to command a division when raised. I think he might be of much service in the West in raising troops.
U. S. GRANT,
HEADQUARTERS FIRST SEPARATE BRIGADE,
Fairfax Court-House, Va., February 16, 1865-2 p. m.
Lieutenant Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,
Chief of Staff, Department of Washington:
COLONEL: The squadron of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry sent out on a scout to the vicinity of Aldie last night has just returned. Eleven rebel cavalry, with horses and equipments, were captured and brought in, without the loss of a man or horse on our part. A written report of the scout by Captain Corbit, the officer in charge, will be forwarded to-morrow.*
Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY, MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,
February 16, 1865.
Brigadier General T. C. DEVIN,
Commanding at Lovettsville, Va.:
Information from headquarters Middle Military Division shows Rosser's command at Swoope's Station, on the Virginia Central Railroad, near Buffalo Gap. It is not probable that he is in Loudoun County. I am directed to say you should send out scouting parties of satisfy yourself regarding the safety of your train.
WM. RUSSELL, JR.,
CLARKSBURG, W. VA., February 16, 1865.
Major CHARLES H. DAY,
The post commander at Parkersburg telegraphs that he has information this p. m. that about 200 of Bill Jackson's command have taken
*See Part I, p. 461.