War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0798 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE, March 2, 1865.

Lieutenant Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: The battalion of Thirteenth New York ordered to Muddy Branch, and the battalion ordered to report to General Hardin left camp at Prospect Hill this morning. The orders were sent to Colonel Gausevoort promptly last night to move without delay.

WM. GAMBLE,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON, TWENTY-SECOND ARMY CORPS,

Washington, D. C., March 2, 1865-11.15 p. m.

Colonel WILLIAM GAMBLE,

Commanding at Fairfax Court-House:

COLONEL: Send with as little delay as practicable a detachment of not less than 500 men (cavalry) toward the Rappahannock bridge. Direct the commanding officer, who must be an efficient and capable man, to obtain all possible information concerning any late movements which may have been made by the enemy, and especially whether he has any force on the Rappahannock. It is reported that he is picketing the river with the Fifteenth Virginia Cavalry, belonging to Lee's old brigade. It is desirable that this information be obtained as soon as possible. Report organization and march of the command. Acknowledge this.

By command of Major-General Augur:

J. H. TAYLOR,

Chief of Staff and Assistant Adjutant-General.

FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE, March 2, 1865-midnight.

(Received 7.40 a. m. 3rd.)

Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,

Chief of Staff:

Your telegram received. I will send 200 of the Sixteenth New York Cavalry and 400 of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry, as directed, at daylight to-morrow morning, and will advise you when they start. The necessary orders have been issued.

W. GAMBLE,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Winchester, Va., March 2, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Harper's Ferry:

Major-General Hancock directs that no permits be issued to persons not connected with this army to come beyond Harper's Ferry without special permission from these headquarters.

C. H. MORGAN,

Brevet Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Chief of Staff.