War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0784 Chapter LXIII. MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., &. W. VA.

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HARPER'S FERRY, September 3, 1862.

Major-General WOOL,

Baltimore:

I have every thing in readiness for any demonstration of the enemy. General White evacuated his fortifications at Winchester last night, destroyed what he could not bring away, spiked those big guns, and, as I anticipated, left them. Part of the general's men, guard, sick, and baggage have arrived. He is at Summit Point. I have ordered troops on Winchester road to this place, and remnant of Cole's cavalry back to Berlin to cross Potomac and watch the enemy. We want forage and our requisitions for ordnance filled.

D. S. MILES,

Colonel Second Infantry.

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HARPER'S FERRY, September 3, 1862.

Major-General WOOL,

Baltimore:

Brigadier-General White has just arrived; the One hundred and fifteenth New York from Winchester road also. Colonel Davis' Eighth New York Cavalry near by. An intelligent private of Cole's command paroled at Leesburg has just come in from that place and reports Cole's loss 3 killed, 9 wounded, and 35 prisoners. Captain Hunter, First Lieutenant Milling, and Second Lieutenant Gallagher taken prisoners. The enemy had killed 1 captain, 2 lieutenants, 1 quartermaster-sergeant, and 1 negro soldier; a great many soldiers wounded. There was one company of negroes among the cavalry. This morning 12,000 infantry and artillery arrived at Leesburg; their picket extend to Ball's Bluff, three miles east. Arrived to-day at Point of Rocks 1,400 paroled prisoners, at Charlestown, this afternoon 200, and at this place 342.

D. S. MILES,

Colonel Second Infantry, Commanding.

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BALTIMORE, September 3, 1862.

Colonel D. S. MILES:

I have received your dispatch. I must leave the course you ought to pursue to your own sound discretion. Take care of your position and not expose it to surprise. Watchfulness, vigilance and a sound discretion must be your guide at the present moment.

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

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POINT OF ROCKS, September 3, 1862-2.03.

Colonel MILES:

Captain Cole sends me word that a strong force of rebel has left Gainesville to attack Harper's Ferry, the lines by way of upper line Manassa, thence to Strasburg. Are you aware of this movement? Send me two boxes spherical case-shot, two boxes canister-shot, one box solid shot.

JOHN FASKIN,

Lieutenant-colonel, &c.

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