War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0684 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON,

TWENTY-SECOND ARMY CORPS,

Washington, D. C., February 24, 1865-4.45 p. m.

General GAMBLE,

Commanding at Fairfax Court-House:

It you can come in to-morrow, I wish you to do so; I wish to see you.

C. C. AUGUR,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY, MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

February 24, 1865.

Brigadier General T. C. DEVIN,

Commanding Second Cavalry Brigade, Harper's Ferry:

How do yo get along in equipping your command? Let me hear from you. It is best I think for you to march by the pike to-morrow. If you cannot make this point to-morrow evening get here as early Sunday as possible.

W. MERRITT,

Brevet Major-General, Commanding.

HARPER'S FERRY, February 24, 1865-7.45 p. m.

Brevet Major-General MERRITT,

Commanding Cavalry Corps, Winchester, Va.:

GENERAL: I have gone into camp on south side of the Shenandoah one mile from pontoon bridge. Had to came by Hillsborough Gap. Could not get away from Lovettsville until 11.30 a. m. Had a hard time with the train. The supplies were not all over the river at 3 p. m. Left a dismounted guard to cover the crossing. Will start at 5 a. m. for Winchester, and will try to reach the vicinity to-morrow night. Have marched nineteen miles since noon to-day.

Respectfully,

THOS. C. DEVIN,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Winchester, February 24, 1865.

Major KENNEDY, Assistant Adjutant-General, Cumberland:

It is reported that the party from New Creek, overtook, the rebels and did not attack. If this is the case send me the name of the cowardly officer who was in charge.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

CUMBERLAND, MD., February 24, 1865.

Colonel HIGGINS, New Creek, Va.:

General Sheridan says that it is reported that the party from New Creek overtook the rebels at Moorefield and did not attack them. He desires to know why this was. You will send a full report, and state the facts in the case; send name of officer in charge.

ROBT. P. KENNEDY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.