War of the Rebellion: Serial 005 Page 0524 OPERATIONS IN MD., N. VA., AND W. VA. Chapter XIV.

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MARCH 7-9, 1862. Withdrawal of the Confederate forces from Eastport, Dumfries, and Occoquan, Va.

REPORTS, ETC.

No. 1.-Brigadier General Joseph Hooker, U. S. Army, with correspondence and orders. .

No. 2.-Lieutenant Robert H. Wyman, U. S. Navy.

No. 3.-General Joseph E. Johnston, C. S. Army.

No. 4.-Letters from President Davis to General Johnston.

No. 5.-Brigadier General W. H. C. Whiting, C. S. Army, with congratulatory order from General T. H. Holmes.

No. 6.-Colonel Wade Hampton, C. S. Army.

No. 7.-Colonel J. J. Archer, Fifth Texas Infantry.

No. 8.-Major Stephen D. Lee, C. S. Army.

No. 9.-Captain D. F. Summey, C. S. Army.

No. 1. Reports of Brigadier General Joseph Hooker, U. S. Army, with correspondence and orders.

MARCH 9, 1862-10.30 a.m.

I have dispatched the statements of the contrabands to Captain Wyman, with the request that he will forward them to you at once. Whiting's command, consisting of five regiments and one battery of six pieces, expects to reach Fredericksburg to-night. They left in great haste, leaving their supplies of clothing and provisions behind them.

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

Brigadier General R. B. MARCY.

WASHINGTON, D. C., March 9, 1862.

Your dispatch regarding Whiting's movement to Fredericksburg received.

The General Commanding desires you and Captain Wyman to keep a sharp lookout upon the batteries opposite you, and if you find they are abandoned or so feebly manned that you can destroy them without running any great risk, do so. Please communicate with Captain Wyman at once and hold yourself ready to seize the first favorable moment that presents itself.

Send back spies as soon as possible and keep the general commanding informed of everything that occurs.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

General JOSEPH HOOKER, Camp Baker.

HEADQUARTERS HOOKER'S DIVISION,

Camp Baker, Lower Potomac, Md., March 9, 1862.

I am directed by the brigadier-general commanding the division to request that you will detach 500 men, with instructions for them to proceed to the opposite side of the Potomac River to examine and bring