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GENERAL SCHENCK'S HEADQUARTERS,

Near Middletown, Va., June 29, 1862-8 a. m.

Major General JOHN POPE:

Some days ago I obtained permission from General Fremont to send an officer for the division I commanded to collect our knapsacks, tents, and baggage left at Petersburg; also to bring up the men left behind there and elsewhere, sick or broken down by hard marching. All will arrive to-day, adding much comfort and about 500 effective men to the command.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Brigadier-General.

MIDDLETOWN, VA., June 29, 1862-10.40 a. m.

Major-General POPE:

The cavalry sent by General Milroy last night reports no large body of the enemy believed to be within 3 or 4 miles of Woodstock. The examination was not as close as I desired, and I will have it extanded to Edenburg to-day. Has a commander of an army corps power to accept an officer's resignation or must it be referred to you?

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Brigadier-General, Commanding First Army Corps.

MIDDLETOWN, VA., June 29, 1862-12 m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

I see to-night by the published order of the President that the command turned over to me by Major-General Fremont is assigned to Brigadier General Rufus King. I respectfully request to be relieved from further service with the Army of Virginia.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF VIRGINIA,

Washington City, June 29, 1862.

Brigadier-General COX,

Cox's Headquarters in Kanawha Valley:

What is the condition and strength of your command? Is there any enemy in your front? What operations are you engaged in? Report immediately.

By command of Major-General Pope:

GEO. D. RUGGLES,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

FLAT TOP MOUNTAIN, June 29, 1862.

Colonel GEORGE D. RUGGLES,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Washington City:

Yours of this date, with General Pope's orders, Nos. 1 and 2, received. My command is the District of the Kanawha. I have in camp here six