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MARTINSBURG, February 21, 1865.

Brigadier-General STEVENSON:

Major-Generals Crook and Kelley and a number of officers have been captured about two hours ago a body of 100 rebel cavalry. They seem to have gone by way of Romney. I will telegraph again in a few moments.

The above dispatch, from Cumberland, I have sent to General Sheridan, at Winchester, by road.

W. H. SEWARD,

Brigadier-General.

WASHINGTON, February 21, 1865.

Brigadier-General STEVENSON:

The following just received:

A party of 60 or 100 rebels, picked Rosser's command, darted in upon our pickets this a. m. at 3 o'clock, capturing them. They came into the town and carried away Generals Crook and Kelley, and one or two other officers. They broke into one or two stores, but did not remain to take anything. They were evidently men from this place, and men acquainted with localities. Parties are after them.

ROBT. P. KENNEDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

W. H. SEWARD,

Brigadier-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HARPER'S FERRY, VA., Numbers 1. February 21, 1865.

In accordance with orders received from Major-General Sheridan, the undersigned temporarily assumes command of the Department of West Virginia.

The staff will remain as present organized. All existent orders will continue in force until further orders.

JNO D. STEVENSON,

Brigadier-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HARPER'S FERRY, W. VA., Numbers 22. February 21, 1865.

Brigadier-General Seward will turn over the command of the post of Martinsburg to the next officers in rank, and at once assume command of Military District of Harper's Ferry, making his headquarters at Harper's Ferry.

By order of Brigadier General John D. Stevenson, commanding:

J. P. ROCKWELL,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

Brigadier-General SEWARD, Martinsburg:

As this is temporary, leave your staff. I shall leave mine for your use. Come down in the morning early.