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WASHINGTON, May 29, 1862-12 p.m.

Major-General O. M. MITCHEL, Huntsville:

There has been no attack yet made on Richmond. General McClellan gained a very decided success in a conflict at Hanover Court-House two days ago and destroyed the railroads leading into Richmond. General Banks was driven from Winchester on Sunday by Jackson, but with small loss.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

WASHINGTON, May 29, 1862.

General MORGAN, Cumberland Ford:

State Executives are authorized upon the call of generals in the field to recruit their regiments to the maximum strength, but authority to recruit has not been conferred upon the generals.

If, however, you can obtain recruits in Kentucky you may do so, there not being a loyal Executive in that State through whom you can act. Recruits from Tennessee may be had through Governor Johnson.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI, May 30, 1862-1.20 a.m.

Major-General HALLECK:

The enemy is re-enforcing heavily, by trains, in my front and on my left. The cars are running constantly, and the cheering is immense every time they unload in front of me. I have no doubt, from all appearances, that I shall be attacked in heavy force at daylight.

JNO. POPE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI, May 30, 1862-6 a.m.

Major-General HALLECK:

All very quiet since 4 o'clock. Twenty-six trains left during the night.

A succession of loud explosions, followed by dense black smoke in clouds. Everything indicates evacuation and retreat.

I am pushing forward my skirmishers in several directions toward Corinth. Will telegraph you again in a few minutes.

JNumbers POPE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE MISSISSIPPI, May 30, 1862-7.15 a.m.

Major-General HALLECK:

I am in possession of the enemy's intrenched position, an embrasured

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