STAUNTON, December 13, 1863-11 a. m.
General R. H. CHILTON:
General Imboden reports from Shenandoah Mountain, 6.30 p. m., 12th instant, Averell and Mulligan, with 4,000 strong (3,000 cavalry, 1,000 infantry), at Monterey yesterday morning. Cavalry moved up Crab Bottom, he thinks, to cook rations yesterday and move on him to-day. Home guard (300 mounted) marched to his support this morning. Have about 300 convalescents and hands here organized, armed and ready for service. Major Gillmor reports the enemy at Front Royal in force night of 11th instant.
J. Q. A. NADENBOUSCH,
Colonel, Commanding Post.
Furnished General Ewell for his information. All reports are promptly sent Generals Lee and Stuart.
W. H. TAYLOR,
DECEMBER 13, 1863-11 p. m.
GENERAL: Nadenbousch telegraphs from Staunton that Colonel W. L. Jackson, at Warm Springs, being pressed on his right by the enemy, has fallen back toward Callaghan's, west. Major O'Ferrall, from New Market, telegraphed that the enemy has advanced in force estimated from 3,000 to 5,000 artillery, cavalry, and infantry, and driven in his pickets below send a brigade of cavalry over to the Valley. Do you desire infantry sent to Stauton? I should think one of Hill's brigades might go.
W. H. TAYLOR,
RICHMOND, December 13, 1863.
Major W. H. TAYLOR,
Dispatches received. If nothing prevents, one or two brigades of cavalry had better move toward Valley, one or two brigades of infantry toward Staunton. Let movement depend on information received.
R. E. LEE,
[DECEMBER 13, 1863?]
GENERAL: Nothing from the Valley since the telegram from Nadenbousch,* which accompanies this. Imboden simply expresses an opinion that the enemy intends advancing on him. As nothing more has been heard, I presume there has been no farther advance. One of Stuart's scouts reports that 500 cavalry, with a number of pack-mules, went
*See this date.