War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0320 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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BALTIMORE, June 1, 1862 - 6.45 p. m.

His Excellency ABRAHAM LINCOLN:

I beg you to allow the order to me to be modified as I have suggested to the Secretary of War. I am sure you did not perceive the interpretation which will be put on it. I go in an hour.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

FORT MONROE, VA.,

June 1, 1862 - 12.30 p. m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

I have just now received your order to take command of the department, headquarters at Baltimore, which will be promptly complied with.

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, June 1, 1862.

Brigadier-General SLOUGH, Harper's Ferry:

Major-General Sigel has been assigned to command of the forces at Harper's Ferry, which will form a part of Banks' corps. You will report to him on his arrival, and retain such command as he may assign to you.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD BRIGADE,

Meadow Bluff, June 1, [1862.]

Captain G. M. BASCOM,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

My transportation is engaged in transporting wounded, & c., to rear. I cannot be ready for several days to move, as proposed. Shall I remove the wounded prisoners from Lewisburg? There are some 25 there yet. I will let you know when I can be ready. Should Jackson not be caught-which I have no confidence in-and this line left open, he could get to Gauley Bridge before we could from Pearisburg, and not only cut off our commissary, but our retreat. That is a game he has been playing during the war. Please answer at once.

GEORGE CROOK,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK,

[Strasburg, June 2, 1862.]

Major General JOHN C. FREMONT,

Commanding Military Department, in advance of Strasburg:

GENERAL: I opened, read, and reinclosed your dispatch for the Secretary of War, and, as the telegraph is not working to Front Royal,