War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0893 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY,

March 8, 1865.

General CUSTER:

If possible, you will have all surplus saddles loaded in the wagons of the ammunition and other trains, and carried along with the command when it moves to-morrow. Leave an officer in charge of this property, and let him see that every exertion is made to transport them. If this is impossible of course they must be destroyed. I will give Captain Brown the necessary orders to furnish transportation if possible.

Very respectfully,

W. MERRITT,

Brevet Major-General.

CUMBERLAND, MD., March 8, 1865.

Major-General HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

General Emory reports from Winchester that Colonel Thompson, First New Hampshire Cavalry, of General Sheridan's command, has arrived there with 40 officers and 1,300 men, prisoners. Eight pieces of artillery and 100 wagons were captured and destroyed up to the time Colonel Thompson left General Sheridan. The principal battle was at Fishersville, five miles beyond Stauton.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

CUMBERLAND, MD., March 8, 1865.

(Received 2 p.m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

I return to Winchester at once.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

CUMBERLAND, MD., March 8, 1865.

(Received 2 p.m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following has just been received from Brigadier-General Carroll, commanding Department of West Virginia:

CLARKSBURG, March 7, 1865.

Lieutenant JOHNSTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

The following received from Bulltown:

"Captain Hicks has just returned from an eight days' scout, briging five prisoners. He succeeded in killing Captain Chewning and Lieutenant Chewning and dangerously wounding Captain Spriggs and Lieutenant Morrison, all belonging to the independent command now being raised for guerrilla purposes."

N. WILKINSON,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.