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WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, D. C., August 19, 1862.

Major-General MCCLELLAN,

Commanding Army of the Potomac, Fort Monroe:

Yours of 1 p. m. yesterday is received. The enemy is moving in great force across the Rapidan. It is of vital importance that you send forward troops as rapidly as possible, leaving the material which is not absolutely necessary to follow more leisurely. We want immediately all the men that can possibly be sent.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

FORT MONROE, August 19, 1862-1 p. m.

(Received 20th, 10 a. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief:

Sumner's corps at Williamsburg this evening; Keyes between there and Yorktown; Heintzelman and Franklin at Yorktown; Porter here and at Newport News. Porter is embarking as rapidly as possible, and will have all his corps off some time to-morrow morning. Heintzelman will commence embarking in the morning at Yorktown. Your dispatch of yesterday received. No time shall be lost in pushing off the troops as rapidly as possible. All quiet. No enemy within 10 miles of Williamsburg.

GEO. B. MCCLELLAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Fort Monroe, August 19, 1862.

General S. P. HEINTZELMAN,

Commanding Third Army Corps, Yorktown, Va.:

You will make use of every vessel that arrives at Yorktown, both during the night and day, to embark your troops. Not one moment must be lost in carrying out this order. You will please direct the officers commanding the troops in the different vessels to sail as soon as they are loaded for Aquia Creek, and report for orders to General Burnside or the officer commanding at Fredericksburg. As soon as your Second Division commences embarking you will proceed yourself to Aquia Creek.

GEO. B. MCCLELLAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Fort Monroe, August 19, 1862.

General W. B. FRANKLIN,

Commanding Army Corps, near Yorktown:

(Care of General Van Alen.)

It is highly important that you should reach Newport News with your command to-morrow evening, if possible.

GEO. D. MCCLELLAN,

Major-General, Commanding.