War of the Rebellion: Serial 015 Page 0539 Chapter XXIV. OPERATIONS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY.

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WILLIAMSPORT, June 1, 1862-10.25 p. m.

Our troops are in occupation of Martinsburg, but report no traces of the enemy. We have no news from Fremont. Dispatches from Harper's Ferry state that Jackson retreated in the direction of Winchester. I shall move forward to Martinsburg as soon as possible.

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

Honorable E. M. STANTON.

WILLIAMSPORT, June 1, 1862-10.30 p. m.

Report from Martinsburg, 6 p. m., just received. Our troops have advanced on Charlestown and Winchester pikes and pickets posted on all roads leading form Martinsburg, but no trace of enemy found. Cavalry has orders to push on and find enemy if possible.

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

Honorable E. M. STANTON.

WILLIAMSPORT, June 2, 1862-6 a. m.

Your dispatch received 3.30. General Sfigel reported his arrival at Harper's Ferry this morning. Have directed him to move troops forward toward Charlestown, and will join him this morning at harper's Ferry.

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

WILLIAMSPORT, June 2, 1862-10 p. m.

(Received June 3, 8.45 a. m.)

Our advance troops are near Winchester and several regiments near Martinsburg. It is with great difficulty that they are got ready for marching orders. I hope to-morrow they will all be on the move. Several officers captured at Winchester returned to-night. They represent that the rebels evacuated the town Friday last.

N. P. BANKS.

Honorable E. M. STANTON.

MARTINSBURG, June 3, 1862.

General Sigel, with 6,000, and Crawford's brigade, Williams' division, 3,000, will be in Winchester to-morrow. There is [no?] positive news of Jackson. Message received from McDowell at Front Royal says he believes Fremont is at Strasburg. The river is very high at Williamsport, and crossing is very slow.

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.