War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0458 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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His command will move to-morrow, if possible. The officer intended for this division should be sent forward as soon as possible. There is no report of the enemy on our front. The wagons should be sent forward at once.

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

FRONT ROYAL, VA., July 7, 1862-7 a. m.

Major-General POPE,

Commanding:

My first brigade camped last night at Sandy Hook, 9 miles beyond Front Royal; Gordon's and Geary's brigades in the rear. They continued the march this morning. Sigel's first brigade (Milroy) just passed this town. No report of enemy. Weather intensely hot for marching.

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF VIRGINIA, Washington, July 7, 1862-12.10 p. m.

Major-General BANKS,

Middletown:

As soon as you approach your position near Serryville send forward the whole of your cavalry and a battery of artillery, under General Hatch, to make a night march upon Culpeper Court-House and the crossing of the Rapidan, so as to save the bridges over Mountain Creek and the Rapidan, on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. General Hatch had best make his headquarters at Culpeper Court-House, with you whole cavalry force, or nearly so, posting strong pickets to Orange Court-House and at least 20 miles in front of Culpeper toward Richmond.

JNO. POPE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF VIRGINIA, Washington, July 7, 1862-4.38 p. m.

Major-General BANKS,

Midletown:

I understand by dispatch received by Colonel Beckwith from you assistant adjutant-general that your command is to remain two day-at Front Royal.

This delay would derange all my operations, and therefore I desire that you move forward to the point designated with as little delay a possible.

JNO. P0PE,

Major-General, Commanding.

FRONT ROYAL, July 7, 1862-8.45 p. m. (Received July 8, 1.20 a. m.)

Major-General POPE:

Williams' division camps at Amissville to-night, 5 miles from Specyville, where three brigades will be to-morrow. General Cooper marches