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HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Marinsburg, Janaury 5, 1864.

Brigadier General B. F. KELLY,

Commanding Department, at Cumberland:

Scout returned from Bloomery Gap and Cacapon bridge; reports that no rebels have passed over that road. A solitary rebel was seen thare about two weeks ago.

WM. W. AVERELL,

[33.] Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Martinsburg, January 5, 1864.

Brigadier-General KELLY,

Commanding Department, at Cumberland:

Nothing in Winchester last night, or nearer than eight miles beyond. Please let Colonel Oley's regiment come to this place*. His men are suffering for the want of clothing. No tents have been sent here from any direction, and my men, without sufficient, are lying out in the snow. Cannot the tents be hurried forward?

WM. W. AVERELL,

[33.] Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA,

Martinsburg, Janauary 7, 1864.

Brigadier General B. F. KELLY,

Commanding Departmnent, at Cumberland:

Detachment returned from Winchester reports skirmish took place with rebels about Newtown last evening. Rebel Captain Blackford was killed. Rebel force, 7,000 strong, reported above Strasburg. Patrol to Pughtown saw or heard nothing. Two regiments Pennsylvania Reserve arrived here this morning. Another detachment excepted to-night. Are those forcesd newly arrived under my command?

WM. W. AVERELL,

[33.] Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. SECOND BRIGADE, FIRST DIVISION, FIRST CORPS,

Camp near Culpeper Court-House, Va., January 8, 1864.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

GENERAL: I desire to respectfully call the attention of the commanding general to the extreme destitution of the ihabitants in this vicinity occasined by the hardships and misfortunes of the war, a desititution which, if not promptly releived, must result before the close of the winter in the most intense suffering. I desire also to respectfully suggest such measures as I apprehend might be propertly adopted within the spirit of the section, General Orders, Numbers 100, War Department, April 24, 1863, for the amelioration of the condition of these people, and to point out the reasons which prevent a large majority of them from seeking relief under the fourth section of Gen-

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* For reply, see VOL. XXXIII, p. 354.

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