War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0330 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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Front Royal, Va., June 3, 1862.

Major General E. O. C. ORD,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: Your letter of this date, reporting the passage of the river on the road to Strasburg impracticable, has been submitted to the general commanding, who directs that the order to bring the prisoners from that town be deferred until such time as it may be practicable.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel and Chief of Staff.


Front Royal, June 3, 1862.

Brigadier General JOHN W. GEARY,

Commanding, & c., Ashby's Gap:

GENERAL: Your communication of the 2nd instant to Major-General McDowell (all such should be addressed to the assistant adjutant-general at these headquarters) has been received, and I am directed to inform you that Jackson was in full retreat through Strasburg on Sunday, and he is now up the valley, pursued by Bayard's cavalry, and followed by the whole of Fremont's army. You will therefore resume with your troops the position you recently occupied on the line of the Manassas Gap Railroad, making your headquarters at Rectortown.

On receipt of this send in a return of your force. I inclose a telegraph which has been here a day or two.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel and Chief of Staff.

NOTE. - Go to Rectortown in advance of your command as soon as possible, so that you may confer with Colonel Haupt, aide-de-camp, who is to be there with instructions.

MARTINSBURG, June 3, [1862] - 10 p. m.

Major-General MCDOWELL:

DEAR SIR: We shall be in Winchester to-morrow, and will open communication with you at once.

Winchester is without rebel troops, but we are not certain where Jackson is.

Will communicate with you early to-morrow.


Major-General, & c.

WILLIAMSPORT, June 3, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

Major-General Banks directs me to inform you that he has ordered the First Maryland Regiment of Volunteer Infantry, Colonel Kenly, to Baltimore for reorganization, recruiting, and equipment. The senior