War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0284 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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Question. Have you any artillery and what?

Answer. Four mountain howitzers, but the men have never been drilled even once. I have just ordered two drills a day.

Question. Is the Rifle Battalion in condition to take the train down to-night?

Answer. Yes.

Question. How strong is the Rifle Battalion?

Answer. Two hundred and sixty-four.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK,

May 29, 1862.

Brigadier-General MCCALL,

Commanding at Fredericksburg:

I have received no acknowledgment of my order of yesterday for the march of King's division in this direction. Did it come, and when does King move? He must push ahead as fast as possible. Telegraph me immediately. Turn over to King all the wagons, loaded with hard bread, coffee, and sugar, intended for the march of your division.

IRVIN MCDOWELL,

Major-general.

FALMOUTH, May 29, 1862.

Major-General MCDOWELL:

Your dispatches, 1.30 a. m. 28th and 5 a. m. 29th, have only this moment reached me. I have ordered King to march without a moment's delay and push on as fast as possible. The operator reports that he is the only one here, which he says is the cause of his not receiving the message at night. I shall inform you of all that passes here.

GEO. A. MCCALL,

[Brigadier-General.]

FALMOUTH, May 29, 1862 - 11.50 a. m.

General MCDOWELL:

I sent the order by telegraph to General King at 6.15 this morning. He is here. Informed me his division is in motion; is about to cross. Your orders respecting his movement have all been communicated to him. All quiet in front.

GEO. A. MCCALL,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

FREDERICKSBURG, [May 29, 1862].

Colonel E. SCHRIVER, Manassas:

At 7 o'clock this morning I received the first notice by telegram to move my division to Catlett's, &c. At that time my infantry was from 6 to 8 miles in advance on the various roads leading to Richmond. It required several hours to get the orders distributed and the different