[MARCH 3, 1865]
The major-general commanding thinks you had better send Colonel Bird's regiment to the point where the railroad leaves the river near the lowest ford and let him picket, in connection with Colonel Reno, the road from this point to Charleston. You can thus relieve a part of Reno's cavalry, and he should extend toward Leetown. Between Colonels Reno and Bird the line between Charleston and the Ferry ought to be strong enough to prevent passage.
C. H. MORGAN,
Brevet Brigadier-General of Volunteers.
HARPER'S FERRY, W. VA., March 3, 1865.
Chief of Staff:
Lieutenant-Colonel Bird and regiment arrived this morning, and have been posted as directed by the major-general commanding.
JOHN D. STEVENSON,
POINT PLEASANT, March 3, 1865.
Colonel J. H. OLEY:
I have just learned that Ripley, the county seat of Jackson, was captured last night by the rebels; the court was also captured. Judge Loomis was holding court there. I would like to have some more men here. I have received a large amount of clothing, and the duties are now entirely too heavy for the men I have here. Can't you let me have the balance of Captain Wilson's company?
JAS. A. SMITH,
Captain and Provost-Marshal.
CUMBERLAND, March 3, 1865.
The general commanding directs that you send parties through to Roane, Wirt, and Calhoun Counties and clear the rebels out of them. There are about 150 guerrillas in there eating out the country. Report fully what you do, and acknowledge receipt of this telegram.
ROBT. P. KENNEDY,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.
CLARKSBURG, W. VA., March 3, 1865-10.45 p.m.
Lieutenant Colonel H. C. RIZER,
Send without delay forty mounted men of Company A, First West Virginia Cavalry, with five days' rations and three days' short forage, to Weston, from whence they will proceed with cavalry there to Glen-