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find to my surprise that I am taken from an independent position to be placed in a subordinate one. The change cannot be regarded by the public in any other light that of a censure and a degradation. I beg you to let me take General Wool's command as it was, with instructions to send to General McClellan all the troops I can spare.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. General 'S OFFICE,

No. 57. Washington, June 1, 1862.

The Department of Virginia is extended to include that part of Virginia south of the Rappahannock and east of the railroad from Fredericksburg to Richmond, Petersburg, and Weldon. Major General George B. McClellan, U. S. Army, will assume command thereof, and of all the United States forces within its limits.

Major General John E. Woool, U. S. Army, is assigned to the command of the Middle Department, and will proceed to Baltimore and assume the command thereof.

Major General John A. Dix, U. S. Volunteers, will proceed immediately to Fort Monroe and assume command at that point, reporting to Major-General McClellan for orders.

By order of the Secretary of War:

L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 2, 1862-3 a.m.

General HEINTZELMAN:

As General Sumner thinks he may be attacked at daylight, you will please hold your command ready to support him if necessary.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 2, 1862-3 a.m.

General E. V. SUMNER:

The general commanding says in reply to your dispatch that you must do the best you can to hold your own if attacked. General Heintzelman will support you, and as the river is falling, he hopes we shall be able to cross the force here so as to support from the right. If you can repair the bridges in your rear, please have it done.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

McCLELLAN'S HEADQUARTERS, June 2, 1862-3.30 p.m.

General LORENZO THOMAS,

Adjutant-General:

I respectfully request that I may be informed whether the change just made in my command brings subject to my order any troops now