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5 miles of Paw Paw. Learning there what had taken place and that the enemy were coming down the road, I ran the train up to No. 12 water station, and immediately ordered the detachment of Company E (30 men), at that post, aboard the train, and started down the road, taking up a detachment of 30 men of Company H, stationed at Orleans road, on the way. I put off the detachment of Company E at Great Cacapon Bridge, and brought the detachment of Company H to this post.
    About 11 o'clock on Sunday night (5th intstant) I learned that an attack on my post opposite Hancock and on the Great Cacapon bridge (5 miles above this place) was contemplated by the enemy. I immediately withdrew my force from Cherry Run to the post opposite Hancock, and brought the force from Great Cacapon Bridge to this post, uniting it with the force here. I marched out the Bath road, placing my force between the bridge and the road the enemy would have to travel to get to it.
    On Monday, the 6th instant, a force of rebel cavalry came down the Winchester road, toward Bath. At the same time as infantry force advanced, by the Martinsburg road, toward th same point. From some cause, the cavalry halted about 8 miles from here and precipitately returned, going to Pughtown, I believe. The Infantry fell back about the same time toward Hedgesville, since which I have no positive information concerning them, but have been told by a citizen that they are encamped on Dr. Hammond's farm, near North Mountain Station. I have ordered out a scouting party today in the neighborhood, and will endeavor to find out their position and numbers.
    The cavalry, under Captain Langholz, sent to me, have been of no service whatever, as he has not executed any order given him by me. On last Sunday night, (5th instant), when cavalry would have been of great serviced to my command, he crossed the river, at Sleepy Creek, into Maryland, without orders, and I heard nothing of him or his command until yesterday morning (8th instant), when he came here (having left his command in Williamsport), with a request from Colonel _______Voss, of the Twelfth Illinois Cavalry, that he be relieved from duty here. As his command was already gone and as General Averell had promised cavalry, I assented to the request of Coloner Voss.
    I was ordered by R. B. Marcy, chief of staff, to demand of Captain Langolz his reasons for abandoning his post and crossing into Maryland without orders, which I did, and submit his answer, through you, in his own words, viz:
    “My command had no forage or rations for three days; the horses must be shod, and, as the infantry was ordered to fall back to Maryland, I could not get anything there for my command.”

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