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WASHINGTON, May 31, 1862.

General MCCALL, Fredericksburg:

Our forces have captured Corinth, with a large number of prisoners Yesterday Shields defeated the enemy at Front Royal, and took a considerable number of prisoners and stores. The enemy have also been driven from Harper's Ferry and are retreating. Do not let any discredit fall on your division.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS,

Opposite Fredericksburg, May 31, 1862.

(Received 8.55 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Dispatch received. I reported to the President at 6.10 p.m. situation of affairs in our vicinity. My command is in position to meet any attack from the enemy. I have never entertained an idea of withdrawing my forces from Fredericksburg, and I trust that as no discredit has ever yet fallen on the division none will be apprehended now.

GEO. A. MCCALL,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

May 31, 1862 - 10.10.

General MCCALL, Falmouth:

Mr. Scott, Assistant Secretary, left here this evening to confer with you and visit your command. He will reach Aquia about 12 or 1 o'clock. Please have a car and engine to take him up to your headquarters.

We have heard from General McDowell this afternoon. He was then at Piedmont. I will keep you advised of the events transpiring. The rebels are retreating south from Corinth.

EDWIN M. STANTON.

SPECIAL ORDERS, WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJT. General 'S OFFICE,

Washington, May 31, 1862.

Numbers 122.

I. Brigadier General Carl Schurz, U. S. Volunteers, is assigned to duty in the Mountain Department, and will report in person to Major-General Fremont.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General.