War of the Rebellion: Serial 005 Page 0748 OPERATION IN MD., N. VA., AND W. VA. Chapter XIV.

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WASHINGTON, March 13, 1862.

General BANKS:

The General Commanding directs that General Sedgwick's division move without delay to Harper's Ferry and remain in readiness to leave that place at short notice. He also directs that you at once send one of your divisions to Centerville, by the Little River pike, through Snicker's Gap, Aldie, and Pleasant Valley, taking the road from Saunders' tollgate to Centerville. You will find no supplies on the road, and it will be necessary to transport all you require to last the division to Centerville.

Please inform as soon as possible when General Sedgwick's division will be at Harper's Ferry and when the division will leave for Centerville. General Sedgwick's division to be detachment from your command, and will probably be sent by rail to Annapolis.


Chief of Staff.

FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE, March 13, 1862. (Received 2.30 p. m.)

General MARCY:

Prepare to embark Hunt's reserve artillery, together with all the reserve ammunition belonging to it. When will the transportation be ready?



FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE, March 13, 1862. (Received 2.40 p. m.)

General MARCY:

Direct the barges at Perryville and Annapolis containing wagons to be ready to move at one hour's notice. Have the teams loaded at same places at once.



FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE, March 13, 1862. (Received 3 p. m.)

General S. WILLIAMS,.

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Relieve General Hamilton at once from duty with General Banks, and order him to assume command of General Heitzelman's division. Relieve Kearny from Franklin's division, and order him to take command of Summer's division; Couch to take command of Keyes' division, and King of McDowell's; to be done as soon as possible.


Major-General, Commanding.

FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE, March 13, 1862.

General R. B. MARCY:

The following is a copy of message to General S. P. Heitzelman, Fort Lyon:

General McClellan directs that you hold General Hamilton's division in readiness