War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0911 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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DARNESTOWN, MD., March 9, 1865.

(Received 4.20 p.m.)

Lieutenant Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,

Chief of Staff and Assistant Adjutant-General:

A refugee has just come in who states that Mosby, with 1,600 men, is at Waterford, Va., eight miles from Leesburg, conscripting.

Respectfully,

G. G. HORTON,

Major, Commanding.

I have given no instructions, as, of course, Mosby has not the force reported.

J. H. T[AYLOR].

HEADQUARTERS FIRST SEPARATE BRIGADE,

Fairfax Court-House, Va., March 9, 1865.

Major-General AUGUR,

Commanding Department of Washington:

In consequence of the numerous complaints by the people in and about Warrenton in regard to the beating of women and pillaging and robbing of houses in and about that locality by the late scout under Captain Russell, I propose myself to march the same officers and men back there for identification and have them tried by court-martial on the spot, in order to stop at once this beating and plundering of defenseless women by our scouting parties, in express violation of my written orders, with your permission. Please answer.

W. GAMBLE,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON,

TWENTY-SECOND ARMY CORPS,

March 9, 1865.

Colonel GAMBLE,

Commanding, Fairfax Court-House:

Your proposition is approved. See that your line is left in competent hands.

C. C. AUGUR,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

March 9, 1865.

Major-General TORBERT,

Chief of Cavalry:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires you to send a strong force of cavalry (from 500 to 800) up the Valley pike to-morrow at an early hour. It is rumored that General Sheridan has made another capture of prisoners and they may be on the way up. It is also quite possible that Mosby may be near the pike, as he was moving in that direction with a considerable force when last heard from. The commander of the cavalry force should be instructed to obtain all the