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THE

WAR OF THE REBELLION:

A COMPILATION OF THE

OFFICIAL RECORDS

OF THE

UNION AND CONFEDERATE ARMIES.

PUBLISHED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF

The Hon. DANIEL S. LAMONT, Secretary of War,

BY

MAJ. GEORGE B. DAVIS, U. S. A.,
MR. LESLIE J. PERRY,
MR. JOSEPH W. KIRKLEY,

Board of Publication,

SERIES I–VOLUME XLIII–IN TWO PARTS.
PART II-CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

WASHINGTON:
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.

1893.

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PART II.-VOL. XLIII.

CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING
SPECIALLY TO OPERATIONS IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
WEST VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, AND PENNSYLVANIA,

, SEPTEMBER 1, 1864, TO DECEMBER 31, 1864.*

*

UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.
CITY POINT, VA., September 1, 1861.

(Received 3.40 p. in.) Maj. Gen. P. H. SHERIDAN,

Charlestown, Va.: Some refugees who left Richmond last night are just in. One, an intelligent young man of Northern birth, says that on last Sunday he met an acquaintance of his who has long been a sutler in the army; that he knew of his having gone some time ago to Early, in the Valley, with a supply of tobacco. He says that when they met on Sunday the sutler told him that all of Early's troops were on their way back. He does not know what point they had reached on their return, but the fact of the whole force returning was spoken of as if there was no doubt

about it.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

CITY POINT, September 1, 1864—9 p. m.

Charlestown, Va.: The frequent reports of Averell's falling back without much tighting or even skirmishing, and afterward being able to take his old position without opposition, presents a very bad appearance at this distance

. You can judge better of his merits than I can, but it looks to me as if it was time to try some other officer in his place. If you think as I do in this matter, relieve him

at once and name his successor.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CHARLESTOWN, W. VA., September 1, 1864—9.30 4. m.

(Received 1.30 p. m.) Major-General HALLECK,

Chief of Staff: Averell, who was at Martinsburg, was obliged to fall back to a point between Hainesville and Williamsport. I think that he will be able to advance again to-day. The two divisions sent to the rear have not yet * For Correspondence, etc., August 4, 1864, to August 31, 1864, sec Part I, p. 681, et seq.

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