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the regulars ready before daybreak and some of Hunt's batteries harnessed up. Shall I do more than this?

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD CORPS, May 1, 1862.

Colonel A. V. COLBURN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Porter's division has about 11,400 enlisted men for duty; Hooker's about 9,450 for duty, excluding the regiment stationed at Ship Point, and Hamilton's about 8,900 for duty. In this estimate the artillery and cavalry of each division are excluded.

General Porter has 100 men on daily duty under Major Myer.

General Hamilton has 130 men on daily duty at these headquarters and at the two saw mills, and General Hooker has 1,500 at work daily on the Yorktown and Hampton road, and it will require several more days to finish it.

CHAUNCEY McKEEVER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 1, 1862-11 p.m.

(Received May 3, 1862-11.30 a.m.)

Hon. E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Our works is going on very well. The batteries of the first parallel will be ready the guns and mortars can be got to their places. Enemy fires a great deal; hits very few, thanks to our trenches. He can no longer use his wharf on York River. Our rifle pits are rightly advancing. Indications of a brush to-night. The time for opening fire is now rapidly approaching. Enemy still in force and working hard.

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 2, 1862-12 m.

Hon. E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Enemy fired continually during the night, doing but little damage. Our rifle pits on our left advanced considerably during the night and somewhat on the right. Our batteries being rapidly completed, notwithstanding the enemy's fire, which is quite warm. To-day our No. 1 is firing with good effect. Weather favorable to-day.

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 2, 1862-9 p.m.

(Received May 4, 1862-9.30 a.m.)

Hon. E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

The enemy's fire very hot to-day and rained almost continuously. Have heard of but 2 killed. It seems quite probable, almost certain,