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is almost impossible to get any thing done at the department of the character you refer to.
In April, 1862, while Col. Campbell was at Great Cacapon, he was much embarrassed at the annoyance given loyal citizens by confederates who, returning home from the army, would burn the fences and steal the horses and cattle of the Unionists. When arrested they would produce cards of protection from some Union officer, vouching for their loyalty, Col. Campbell did not believe it was just, although many of the cards were from superior officers who should have known the situation. Col. Campbell submitted the matter to the war department, and on April 17, 1862, Secretary Stanton replied that he should take
Col. Jacob M. Campbell, 54th Penn. Vols.
prompt action “by taking the lives of the depredators” without making further inquiry.
GEN. KELLEY TO SECRETARY STANTON,
Clarksburg, Va., May 27, 1862.Received a dispatch from my assistant adjutant general last night from Cumberland, advising me that the revels were in Martinsburg, but could give me no information as to their number or movements. Later he advised me that the telegraph line was not working east of St. John's Run, and that the Fifty-Fourth Pennsylvania Regiment, guarding the railroad from Martinsburg to South Branch Bridge, in Hampshire County, had fallen back to that point. I therefore infer that Jackson's advance had taken possession of the railroad and telegraph as far west as Sir John's Run. This is all the information I have, and the first I have received that General Banks had fallen or been driven back. I have not heard from General Fremont for three days.