farther to the front in order to strengthen my long line. Will you speak to the commanding general about this let me hear from you?
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
E. V. SUMNER,
Brigadier-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.
HDQRS. THIRD DIV., THIRD CORPS,
Camp Winfield Scott, near Yorktown, May 3, 1862.
Pursuant to instructions from headquarters of the army and of the corps I hereby assume command of the division composed of Generals Jameson's, Birney's, and Berry's brigades, and of Thompson's, Beam's, and Randolph's batteries.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 4, 1862-1.30 p.m.
What progress are you making in embarking your command? The commanding general desires you to move up to Yorktown as soon as you are embarked.
R. B. MARCY,
Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 4.
(Received 12 m.)
Hon. E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
Yorktown is in our possession.
GEO. B. McCLELLAN,