War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0196 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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WASHINGTON, May 16, 1862-11.40 a. m.

General MCDOWELL:

The President desires you to make a short visit here for conference, if you can come.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

FREDERICKSBURG, May 16, 1862-2.43 p. m.

Honorable E. ML. STANTON:

Your telegram just received. I lave at once for Washington and Will be there late this evening.

IRVIN MCDOWELL,

Major-General.

POTOMAC CREEK, May 16, 1862.

Major-General MCDOWELL:

Conductor reports that Captain Harrison, of the Ninety-fifth New York, in charge of party loading dirt for siding 1 mile south of Aquia Creek Station, having retired a few steps into the woods this morning, was fired at by a supposed rebel, the ball passing through his cap and grazing his head. He fired five barrels of his revolver at the assassin, then sent a squad in pursuit without success. Guerrillas are forming in various parts of the country, provoked by rapes and other crimes committed by Union men. Cases have occurred in this vicinity recently of an aggravated character. You will require efficient protection in the rear. When I see you I can give further particulars.

H. HAUPT,

Colonel, &c.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK,

Numbers 13.

Opposite Fredericksburg, Va., May 16, 1862.

A division, to be composed of Brigadier-Generals Ricketts' and hartsuff's brigades of infantry and Brigadier-General Bayard's cavalry brigade, is hereby formed, to be commanded by Major-General Ord, who will immediately proceed to organize the same.

Brigadier-General Seymour will assume command of the brigade recently commanded by General Ord.

By command of Major-General McDowell:

SAML. BRECK,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Circular.]

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK,

Opposite Fredericksburg, Va., May 16, 1862.

Hereafter no trains, either brigade or supply, will be sent for supplies unless accompanied by a commissioned officer and 3 mounted men, whose duty it shall be to prevent any teamsters from entering houses on the route or from committing irregularities of any kind.