War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0366 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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I shall answer your telegrams about horses for Rickett's division and the Rhode Island cavalry as soon as I learn from the officers commanding.

ED. SCHRIVER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS GENERAL SIGEL'S DIVISION,

Winchester, Va., June 9, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

Please notify Major-General Halleck, commanding Department of the Mississippi, that your ordered me to take charge of the forces at Harper's Ferry, in the Department of the Shenandoah, to avoid any misunderstanding, and to order my assistant adjutant-general, Major Meysenberg, on here immediately.

F. SIGEL,

Major-General, Commanding Division.

ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, June 10, 1862.

Major-General FREMONT,

Harrisonburg:

The Secretary of War directs that you immediately order the cavalry force known as Bayard's Cavalry Brigade, with the artillery and battalion of Bucktail Rifles, heretofore under General McDowell, but now operating with you, to rejoin General McDowell's command, and to march to Luray and report to General Shields.

L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General.

WASHINGTON, June 10, 1862.

Colonel E. SCHRIVER,

Chief of Staff, Front Royal:

Before leaving will you make inquiries about the horseshoes and horseshoe nails for General Shields' command, and have them forwarded to him, if there are any at Front Royal? Have all persons at Front Royal belonging to Shields' command brought by rail to Manassas, thence to go to Catlett's.

IRVIN McDOWELL,

Major-General, Commanding Department.

CATLETT'S, June 10, 1862.

Major-General McDOWELL:

Gibbon's brigade of infantry and one battery of artillery started for Fredericksburg at 6 o'clock them morning. It has rained hard all day. Any news from Shields or Fremont?

RUFUS KING,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.