War of the Rebellion: Serial 015 Page 0541 Chapter XXIV. OPERATIONS IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY.

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have ordered the town to be thoroughly searched for stores secreted by Jackson's army. General Sigel's command cannot move for some days. It will be three days before the balance of troops can cross the river and reach this point. Still raining. Have not heard from bridge at Harper's Ferry. Winchester Railroad disabled.

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

WINCHESTER, June 6, 1862,

Via Harper's Ferry, June 7, 1862.

River is falling, and our trains and troops will be over by to-morrow night. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad will be in operation by Monday; the Winchester road in two or three days at least. We can then send supplies to Fremont. No news from the valley of importance.

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

Honorable E. M. STANTON.

ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, June 8, 1862.

Major-General BANKS,

Commanding Dept. of the Shenandoah, Winchester, Va.:

Send immediately to Front Royal a force to relieve the troops now there under General McDowell.

L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJT. General 'S OFFICE,

Washington, June 8, 1862.

GENERAL:

I inclose herewith for your information a manuscript copy of General Orders, Numbers 62.

Instructions have been given to Major-General Fremont to take position with his main force at or near Harrisonburg, to guard against any operations of the enemy down the valley of the Shenandoah.

The Secretary of War directs that you take position in force at or near Front Royal, on the right or left bank of the Shenandoah, with an advance on Luray or other points in supporting distance of General Fremont; also that you occupy with sufficient detachments the former positions of Brigadier-General Geary on the line of the Manassas Gap Railroad as far as the Manassas Junction.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General.

Major General N. P. BANKS,

U. S. Volunteers, Winchester, Va.

[Inclosure.]

GENERAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. General 'S OFFICE,

Numbers 62. Washington, June 8, 1862.

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