War of the Rebellion: Serial 014 Page 0141 Chapter XXIII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC,-UNION.

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I have just received information from General McClellan. Everything was quiet when the messenger left. He says if the regulars have not broken up their camp, and the other troops which have been placed under your command to-night, that all but one brigade might remain in the camps, but if they had broken up their camps and taken position in front of Yorktown they had better remain.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Camp Winfield Scott, May 5, 1862.

Colonel R. INGALLS, Yorktown:

Send immediately to General Sedgwick and General Richardson the following:

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Camp Winfield Scott, May 5, 1862.

General I. B. RICHARDSON, General JOHN SEDGWICK:

Move immediately with your division toward Williamsburg and continue marching until you reach the front, or receive further orders. Take two days' rations in the haversacks of the troops.

Move rapidly, the wagons to follow.

By command of Major-General McClellan:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Acknowledge receipt of this message, and telegraph report of receipt of their messages by Generals Sedgwick and Richardson.

R. B. MARCY.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 5, 1862.

General GEORGE B. McCLELLAN,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: Colonel Colburn's two dispatches just received and all the orders issued, viz: Sedgwick's and Richardson's divisions to move at once toward Williamsburg until ordered to stop. General Porter (F. J.) to hold his division, Hunt's Artillery Reserve, the regulars, and Rush's and Gregg's cavalry in front of Yorktown.

Very respectfully,

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

P. S.-I have ordered General Franklin not to move up the river till further orders. Is this right?

FORT MONROE, VA., May 5, 1862.

Hon. E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

I sent by main a copy of Colonel Ingall's dispatch to me about transports. The only additional information I have been able to obtain is the following extract from a message from General Marcy:

In the absence of General McClellan at the front I have to inform you that the general