War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0496 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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WARRENTON, July 22, 1862.

Colonel RUGGLES,

Chief of Staff, Washington:

My acknowledgment of the order to mover Rickett's division, which you report as having been received by you at 4 o'clock, was dispatched from here at 1.30.

Captain Hodge, the quartermaster of Augur's division, a very intelligent, just, and observing man, has just passed over the bridge over Hedgeman's River-referred to in your telegram of this a. m.; reports that it is 50 feet long and 30 feet high. It is a strong and well-made trestle brigade. The only danger to it would be flood-wood in freshest. It may be replaced by a truss bridge, there being two abutments and two piers in good order.

IRVIN McDOWELL,

Major-General.

WARRENTON, July 22, 1862.

Colonel RUGGLES,

Chief of Staff, Washington:

I received from General Bayard this morning a note dated yesterday at Culpeper Court-House, stating that General Hatch had returned to that place that day, having found it impossible to advance any farther than Orange Court-House. Jackson with Ewell are reported to be at Gordonsville.

IRVIN McDOWELL,

Major-General.

HDQRS. THIRD ARMY CORPS, ARMY OF VIRGINIA, Warrenton, Va., July 22, 1862.

Brigadier General J. B. RICKETTS,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The following, just received from Major-General Pope, is sent, with the directions of Major-General McDowell that it be carried into effect, commencing the movement early after breakfast this a. m.:

Move your entire division at Warrenton, with the exception of one regiment, to the crossing of Hedgeman's River, on the road to Sperryville, but do not cross the river until you receive order to do so from these headquarters. The one regiment above specified will be left at Warrenton.

Let the men have their sleep, and march after breakfast, immediately after daylight.

Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,

ED. SCHRIVER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. THIRD ARMY CORPS, ARMY OF VIRGINIA, Warrenton, Va., July 22, 1862.

Major General N. P. Banks,

Commanding Second Army Corps, &c., six miles east of Sperryville:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your