War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0247 Chapter XXIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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Blue Ridge. I give you this for what it is worth. I have about 350 men scouting south of Hay Market and Gainesville and toward New Baltimore. Colonel Carper, with 500 of Third Indiana Cavalry, has just arrived and reported.

JNO. W. GEARY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

BROAD RUN, May 26, 1862.

(Received 12.40 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON, J

Secretary of War:

Drummer-boy of First Maryland Regiment, taken prisoner at Front Royal, made his escape, and has walked in; and he reports that 14,000 of the enemy were at Front Royal at the time of the attack upon the First Maryland Regiment. On the day after about 4,000 men went through Front Royal and marched toward Winchester.

JNO. W. GEARY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

May 26, 1862-12.57 p. m.

Brigadier-General GEARY, Broad Run:

If threatened, as you report, by superior forces, you should fall back on Manassas and unite with General Duryea, who is directed to fall back also.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

BROAD RUN, May 26, 1862.

(Received 1.30 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Upon consultation with all my officers, they have, in consideration of the hopeless circumstances surrounding us, concluded to attempt to march to Manassas.

JNO. W. GEARY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

BRISTOE, May 26, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

I have orders to fall back to-day to Manassas, and shall do so, unless otherwise instructed, at the earliest possible moment.

A. DURYEA.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

May 26, 1862-12.46 p. m.

Brigadier-General DURYEA, Bristoe:

Fall back on Manassas and unite with General Geary.

EDWIN M. STANTON.