War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0270 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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MANASSAS, May 28, 1862.

(Received 11.18 p. m.)

His Excellency The PRESIDENT:

I beg to assure you that I am doing everything which legs and steam are capable of to hurry forward matters in this quarter. I shall be deficient in wagons when I get out of the way of the railroad for transporting supplies, but shall push on nevertheless.

IRVIN MCDOWELL.

MANASSAS, May 28, 1862.

(Received 11.20 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

In view of the information just received fop General King through you this p. m. I propose to order General King's division to re-enforce the movement I am directing, to follow as soon as he can, unless I receive other orders from the Department. Please telegraph soon.

IRVIN MCDOWELL,

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, May 27 [28], 1862.

Major-General MCDOWELL:

The following telegram has just been received:

WILLIAMSPORT, May 28, 1862 - 4.35 p. m.

A skirmish took place this morning between the rebels and the Tenth Maine Falling Waters, 8 miles in front. One was killed and 1 was wounded. I have just received information that 4,000 of the enemy are advancing on Falling Waters. They will make an attack. They have five pieces of artillery.

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General.

This appears to furnish new evidence that the enemy are still up there .

EDWIN STANTON.

WASHINGTON, May 28, 1862.

Major-General MCDOWELL:

Dispatch from Saxton state as follows:

HARPER'S FERRY, May 28.

Information from Martinsburg as late as 1 p. m. yesterday. the rebels have burnt Opequon Bridge and the trestle work at Martinsburg.

R. SAXTON.

HARPER'S FERRY, May 28.

Honorable E. M. STANTON, Secretary of War:

28th.- The party I sent out this morning was attacked near Charlottesville [Charlestown], and I have sent re-enforcements. There is no doubt but Ewell is between that place and Martinsburg, and that Jackson is at Winchester, moving in this direction.

R. SAXTON,

Brigadier-General.

EDWIN M. STANTON.