Abstract from Return of the Mountain Department, Major General John C. Fremont commanding, for May 10, 1862
Present for duty.
Command. Officers. Men.
Department staff 31
District of the Kanawha (Cox) 348 8,001
District of Cheat Mountain (Milroy) 162 3,532
Railroad District (Kelley) 103 2,202
Schenck's brigade 93 2,242
Blenker's division 377 7,960
Total 1,114 23,937
Command. Aggregate Aggregate
Department staff 31 31
District of the Kanawha (Cox) 10,076 11,887
District of Cheat Mountain (Milroy) 4,317 5,809
Railroad District (Kelley) 2,417 2,573
Schenck's brigade 2,668 3,150
Blenker's division 8,797 10,443
Total 28,306 33,893
May 11, 1862.
Major General I. MCDOWELL,
Your telegram in relation to guerrillas received. Like pirates and buccaneers they are the common enemies of mankind, and should be hunted and shot without challenge wherever found. Such treatment would soon put a stop to the formation of guerrilla bands and to the assassination of sentinels and other barbarities practiced by those who engage in irregular warfare.
P. H. WATSON,
Assistant Secretary of War.
WASHINGTON, May 11, 1862.
Secretary of War not yet returned from Norfolk. Is not strength of enemy's forces in your front more imaginary than real? Would they not, on a spirited demonstration by you, retreat precipitately and destroy the Mattapony and Pamunkey Bridges? Could not Gordonsville and Charlottesville by easily reached by a sudden dash of Hartsuff's forces in concert with yours, and the railroad bridges either held or broken so that could not be used by the enemy either retreating or advancing.
Your chance for independent action appears to be drawing rapidly to a close.
These inquiries, friendly and unofficial, you need not answer.
P. H. WATSON.
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK,
Opposite Fredericksburg, May 11, 1862.
P. H. WATSON,
Assistant Secretary of War:
Thank you for your friendly telegram of this morning just received. The reason I do not advance is not the strength of the enemy. I know pretty nearly what it amounts to.