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GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEFENSES OF BERMUDA,

HUNDRED, VA., ARMY OF THE JAMES, Numbers 24.

February 19, 1865.

In obedience with Special Orders, Numbers 48, headquarters Department of Virginia, Army of the James, dated February 17, 1865, I hereby assume command of the defenses before Bermuda Hundred, Va.

CHARLES K. GRAHAM,

Brigadier-General, U. S. Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST SEPARATE BRIGADE,

Fairfax Court-House, Va., February 19, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,

Chief of Staff, Department of Washington:

COLONEL: One hundred of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry, of the squadron at Fairfax Station, have just returned from a scout with fifteen rebel prisoners of Kincheloe's band. Lieutenant DeLaney's horse, and one of the men who captured him, is among the number captured, all without the loss of a horse or man on our side. I hope Mosby himself will soon return. The Eighth wants one more chance at him.

WM. GAMBLE,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HEADQUARTERS,

Fairfax Station, Va., February 19, 1865.

Captain CHARLES I. WICKERSHAM,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that I sent Lieutenant Rucker out with 100 of his command on a scout last night. He has returned, and brought in fifteen prisoners. A number of the prisoners belong to Kincheloe's band. He also recaptured Lieutenant DeLaney's horse and one of his captors. Shall I send the prisoners over?

CHAS. ALBRIGHT,

Colonel 202nd Pennsylvania Volunteers, Commanding Post.

CUMBERLAND, MD., February 19, 1865.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Winchester, Va.:

The following is received from New Creek, dated 18th:

I am informed reliably that a force of rebel cavalry, supposed to be Imboden's, came to Moorefield yesterday. They came from the Valley by a road that crosses the mountains north of Brock's Gap. I will send my scouts on in the morning.

JACOB HIGGINS,

Colonel.

Respectfully,

GEORGE CROOK,

Major-General, Commanding.