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History of Cambria County, V.2

Romney but have not heard from it since noon. General Kelly has just ordered my force here to Cumberland.
J. M. CAMPBELL, Colonel Commanding.
Head Quarters, First Brigade,
Springfield, Va., January 4, 1864, 7:40 P. M.
General B. F. Kelly, Cumberland, Md.:
    I have just received a telegram from General Mulligan instructing me if attacked to fight it out.
J. M. CAMPBELL, Colonel Commanding.
Cumberland, Md., January 4, 1864, 8:45 P. M.
Colonel Campbell, Springfield, Va.:
    You must move at once as ordered so as to be here by daylight tomorrow morning. We will be attacked here tomorrow unless we are prepared. Do not wait a moment after you receive this.
B. F. KELLY, Brigadier General.

    The following refers to the recommended promotion of Col. Campbell:

Headquarters Department of West Virginia,
Cumberland, Md., January 31, 1864.
Colonel E. D. Townsend, Assist. Adjutant General:
    Colonel: In compliance with your telegram of yesterday requiring me to report the names of colonels commanding brigades in this department, the length of time they have respectively exercised command with my recommendation for brevet, I have the honor to submit * * * Col. J. M. Campbell, Fifty-fourth Pennsylvania Volunteers, commanding First Brigade, Second Division, has commanded a brigade for nearly a year. * * * Colonel R. B. Hayes, Twenty-third Ohio, commanded First Brigade, Third Division; time, one year * * *
    I recommend for brevet * * * Colonel J. M. Campbell, Fifty-fourth Pennsylvania. * * * Colonel Campbell has always been prompt and efficient, and has had considerable experience, and is regarded as brave and reliable, and in my judgment worthy of a brevet. * * *
    Colonel R. B. Hayes participated in the battle of South Mountain, and was distinguished for good conduct there. He was then Lieutenant Colonel in command of the regiment, and is reported to have turned the enemy's right at the commencement, and was wounded. * * *
Your obedient servant,
B. F. KELLY, Brigadier General.

    The following is a report of the capture of Capt. John W. Hibler, of Co. F, 54th Regt., at Patterson's Creek, by Gen. Rosser's men in disguise:

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