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HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

February 21, 1865.

Major R. P. KENNEDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Cumberland:

Push on the New Creek cavalry as far as Moorefield. I will send to Wardensville. Your cavalry, if it gets to Moorefield in time, may force the rebels to take Wardensville road.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

CUMBERLAND, MD., February 21, 1865.

Major-General SHERIDAN, Winchester, Va.:

The New Creek cavalry has been ordered to Moorefield. Couriers have gone after them, and with orders not to spare horse-flesh. From all information there were not more than 100, perhaps not more than 50. They are riding very fast.

ROBT. P. KENNEDY,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CUMBERLAND, February 21, 1865.

Major General P. H. SHERIDAN, Winchester, Va.:

The first scouts sent our from new Creek has been heard from. At 12.30 o'clock they were three south of Purgitsville, and report that the rebels with prisoners took the Grassy Lick road. Major Troxed says:

A small scout is in my front: I hope to catch them before they reach Moorefield. I think it would be a good idea to send scouts to pickets at South Burlington. Imboden's command is reported at Moorefield. I will see. I am marching as rapidly as possible.

ROBT. P. KENNEDY,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CUMBERLAND, MD., February 21, 1865-6 a. m.

General LIGHTBURN, New Creek, Va.:

The rebels seem to have up on the New Creek road, and there is a probability that they have gone in that direction. I have nothing as yet definite. Have you any news? Send out your parties as strong and as quickly as possible, and instruct them to send back news of their direction, if it can be discovered. Don's spare men or horse-flesh.

ROBT. P. KENNEDY,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

CUMBERLAND, MD., February 21, 1865.,

Brigadier-General LIGHTBURN, New Creek, Va.:

Captain Botsford has just returned, and says that the rebels are about sixty in number, and that they are going direct to Romney, via Springfield. They are riding very fast. Hurry up your parties, and head them off. Don's spare your horses.

ROBT. P. KENNEDY,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

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