War of the Rebellion: Serial 109 Page 0421 Chapter LXIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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Major-General Hartsuff, commanding Twenty-third Army Corps, at Lexington, Ky.

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By order of Major-General Burnside:

R. H. I. GODDARD,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

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WINCHESTER, July 29, 1863.

General GARFIELD:

I have the honor to forward a copy of a dispatch just received from Colonel Laiboldt, commanding at Bridgeport. Colonel Laiboldt has been ordered to remain and occupy Bridgeport, and, if possible, protect the remaining portion of the bridges there. Colonel Bradley will reach there to-morrow with his brigade.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

[Inclosure.]

STEVENSON, July 29, 1863.

General SHERIDAN,

Commanding Third Division:

Arrived at Bridgeport by 6 o'clock. Cavalry scouts in both directions along river report all clear. Found at Bridgeport that the rebels took the machinery of a large steam-mill apart, carrying some pieces to the river's edge, evidently for shipment on the mentioned boat. Saw rebel sentinels on the other side of river, who after awhile fired on us. My sharpshooters drove them from this position, many taking refuge in the middle bridge and an adjoining house. A few well-directed shells made them scatter and run, and also scared away a locomotive just arriving on other side. Returned at 3 p. m., leaving a sufficient guard of cavalry. Will send topographical sketch to-morrow.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. LAIBOLDT,

Colonel, Commanding Second Brigade.

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WINCHESTER, July 29, 1863.

Colonel LAIBOLDT,

Stevenson:

I have ordered Colonel Bradley to move down via Sweeden's Cove and occupy Bridgeport. You need not return to Stevenson to-night, if you consider it safe to stay at Bridgeport or vicinity. Colonel Bradley will reach Bridgeport to-morrow. I want you to send me the result of your reconnaissance to-day.*

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

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WINCHESTER, July 29, 1863.

Colonel LAIBOLDT:

Bradley will move to-morrow at daylight, one day later than I supposed. Order two regiments to report to him at Bridgeport on his

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*See next, ante.

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