War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0021 Chapter XXIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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Richmond; that we shall not see him again here. Nevertheless his rear guard remains near Woodstock with some force. Letter received here from a resident of this town in rebel army says they are moving from Gordonsville and forming line upon Fredericksburg and Richmond. The substance of our information is that the rebels are moving back from all their present positions. Colonel Bryan, Twelfth Massachusetts, counted 273 dead rebels on the battle-field at Winchester to-day.

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

March 27, 1862.

General W. S. ROSECRANS, Wheeling:

General McClellan requests to be informed as to what is the disposition of and strength of your forces, having relation to Romney and Moorefield.

General Banks has pursued the enemy as far as Woodstock. He thinks Jackson's forces and those of Longstreet are being united for operations on either side of the mountains at Luray and Washington. Shields' division is about Strasburg. Please communicate with General Banks and Shields and co-operate with them, if necessary, and you can properly do so under your instructions.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, March 27, 1862.

Major-General McCLELLAN:

Your attention is requested to the exposed condition of the Baltimore and Ohio road between Harper's Ferry and Martinsburg, which is now being repaired. The people along that line are represented as disloyal and hostile, and the engineer in charge and the president of the road report that "there is no guard between Harper's Ferry and Martinsburg."

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

March 27, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Your telegram of this date respecting the exposed condition of a portion of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Harper's Ferry and Martinsburg has been received, and instructions will be immediately given for a suitable guard.

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General.