To Dixon S. Miles

Col. Miles,                             Washington, D.C.,
Harper’s Ferry, Va               May 24, 1862. [1.30 P.M.]

Could you not send scouts from Winchester, who would tell whether enemy are North of Banks, moving on Winchester? What is the latest you have? A. LINCOLN

Colonel Miles, commanding the Railroad Brigade, replied at 2 P.M., “Early this morning directed Colonel [George L.] Beal, Tenth Maine, to withdraw First Maryland Cavalry from the road to Romney and place them on the Middletown turnpike. The telegraph has been working to-day to Winchester. For the last two hours, for some reason, it has ceased to do so.”

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