I believe that if Longstreet is on the left of Lee's army he has sent a force on that road to Luray Page County He may follow with his corps and either march to Front Royal or [throw] his troops from Luray across the Shenandoah There are two or three fords by which he can pass from Luray into the Shenandoah Valley I will report again tomorrow It is difficult to [get much] positive information as the cavalry here is [in a wretched] condition [and] can hardly protect my scouting parties." "Genl Crook will be prepared to move on the Second of May, he telegraphs me so. I informed him that he shall move on that day" Telegrams received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); copies, Sigel Papers, OClWHi. O.R., I, xxxiii, 1006.
On April 30, noon, Sigel, Bunker Hill, West Va., telegraphed to USG. "No news of special importance has been received since yesterday. There is no enemy of considerable force this side of Cedar Creek and no information of a strong movement of the enemy down the valley. It is reported but not fully reliable that Lees army had begun to move with seven (7) days rations yesterday and that he has sent his baggage trains to Scottsville due south of Charlottsville on James River. I am waiting here for one part of my troops ordered forward from Romney yesterday and will then move to Winchester. Strong scouting parties have been sent out today. The reports of those sent out yesterday morning have not come in yet. Please send all dispatches to Martinsburg" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Bound); ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. O. R., I, xxxiii, 1025-26. On the same day, USG transmitted this telegram by letter to Maj. Gen. George G. Meade. Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent.
Culpepper Apl. 17th 1864
Bowers will leave here on Teusday, 1 (Washington on Wednesday) for the West. If your mind is made up to accompany him telegraph me and I will go in to see you off. I dislike however very much going in again. In the first place I do not like being seen so much about Washington. In the second it is not altogether safe. I cannot move without it being known all over the country, and to the enemy who are hovering within a few miles of the rail-road all the time. I do not know that the enemy's attack on the road last Friday was with the view of ketching me, but it was well timed. 2 If you intend going either get Mr. Stanton or Mr. Chadwick 3 to telegraph me.
I understand Jess has been having a fight in the hall! How