War of the Rebellion: Serial 014 Page 0253 Chapter XXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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moment. I wish you to understand that every minute in this crisis is of great importance. You will therefore reach Goldsborough as soon as possible, destroying all the railroad communication in the direction of Richmond in your power.

If possible, destroy some of the bridges on the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad and threaten Raleigh.

GEO., B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General.

McCLELLAN'S,

June 25, 1862-8 p.m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.:

The following has just this moment received:

Aa contraband who came into our lines under the fire of our guns to-day says he saw Beauregard and his troops arrive in Richmond.

F. J. PORTER,

Brigadier-General.

This only serves to corroborate previous information received from several sources to-day.

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 25, 1862-8.30 p.m.

General SILAS CASEY, White House:

Information has been received here that the enemy design attacking our communications. Please send out cavalry reconnoitering parties from Tunstall's Station to-morrow morning, above and below the railroad, and direct them to give you timely notice of any approach of rebel forces toward your position, and report to these headquarters all important information you may get regarding the enemy's movements. It is said that Jackson is coming from Gordonsville with the intention of attacking our right flank soon; therefore be vigilant.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

PORTER'S HEADQUARTERS, June 25, 1862-10.30 p.m.

(Received June 26-2.22 a.m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

I need some new regiments at once to re-enforce garrison of Yorktown and White House. Another division of old troops would be invaluable. Also a couple of new regiments of cavalry.

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General, Commanding.