War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0444 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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intention is to attack New Creek and Cumberland. I have given instructions to General Kelley to adopt the most energetic measures to protect the property at New Creek. I would recommend that you require your generals to take care of their rear, and especially their supplies.

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, June 29, 1862.

Brigadier General B. F. KELLEY, Cumberland:

You will extend your command temporarily to include all the small posts in Western Virginia formerly under your command or which may have been recently established by General Fremont. Report to this Department the names of these posts, and the number of troops and amount of stores at each.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

MIDDLETOWN, VA.,

June 29, 1862-2 p. m.

Major General JOHN POPE:

According to orders received of the Secretary of War I am appointed commander of the First Army Corps, and hereby report myself for duty to you.

F. SIGEL,

Major-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF VIRGINIA,

Numbers 2.

Washington, June 29, 1862.

Colonel George D. Ruggles is announced as assistant adjutant-general and chief of staff at these headquarters.

JNO. POPE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF VIRGINIA,

Washington City, June 29, 1862.

Major General FRANZ SIGEL, Middletown:

Proceed to the headquarters of the First Corps d'Armee, assume command of that corps, and prepare it for immediate service. Report the condition and strength of the corps at the earliest possible moment, and state at what date you can march with it, with fifteen days' rations, omitting all articles of the ration excepting sugar, coffee, bread, and salt.

Assamble a considerable herd of beef cattle to be driven.

By command of Major-General Pope:

GEO. D. RUGGLES,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.