A most unaccountable transformation into a mob of a finely-appointed and admirably-led army. Five regiments have been ordered to join you from Ohio. Brigadier-General Reynolds has been commissioned and ordered to report to you. Remain in your present command instead of going to the Valley of the Shenandoah.
Washington, D. C., July 22, 1861.
General GEORGE B. McCLELLAN, Beverly, Va.:
Circumstances make your presence here necessary. Charge Rosecrans or some other general with your present department and come hither without delay.
FAIRFAX STATION, July 22, 1861-12.15 a. m.
I have my own regiment, 700; Colonel Taylor's New Jersey, 825; Colonel Johnson's New Jersey, 550.
I have heard no firing so far as I can hear. Panic is unabated.
I have sent an aide to General McDowell two hours and a half since; he has not returned.
I will dispatch another, and inform you at once.
One has returned.
ALEXANDRIA, July 22, 1861.
Honorable S. CAMERON:
SIR: There are about seven thousand men here without officers. Nothing but confusion. Please tell me what I shall do with my regiment.
J. E. KERRIGAN,
Colonel Twenty-fifth New York Volunteers.
MONDAY, July 22, 1861-a. m.
General RUNYON, Alexandria, Va.:
Consult engineers, and strengthen the garrisons of Forts Ellsworth, Runyon, and Albany. Similar instructions are given* in respect to Fort Corcoran. Some regiments besides the garrisons will be halted on that side of the river; the number to be determined by General Mansfield or General McDowell, when the troops arrive from the interior.
JULY 22, 1861.
Captain MOTT, Chain Bridge:
Send out a man to Richardson and require him to march in in order. We may want rations.
*To Colonel Andrew Porter.
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