War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0594 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, August 18, 1862.

Major-General PARKE, Falmouth, Va.:

Send prisoners to General Wadsworth, Washington. Patrol the Potomac as much as possible, and burn every boat that can be used as a ferry.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, August 18, 1862.

General BURNSIDE or PARKE, Falmouth, Va:

Send Captain Biggs to Aquia Creek to hurry the landing and send back the transports. If too much crowded, or there be any probability of your being obliged to fall back, send transports to Alexandria. If possible keep brigades together. Every hour is important, and great care must be taken to hurry forward the transfer of troops.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, August 18, 1862.

Major-General DIX, Fort Monroe, Va.:

It is now pretty well ascertained that the enemy is moving in large force against General Pope. Every possible effort should be made to push forward re-enforcements. Not a moment should be lost. Employ everything that can be procured for transports. Send copy to General McClellan.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

FORT MONROE, August 18, 1862.

(Received 4 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

General Porter's command is at Newport News and Hampton. The whole Army of the Potomac is probably at this moment on this side of the Chickahominy. Our telegraph wire to Yorktown is down, or I could give you later news. I hope to be able to leave on Wednesday at furthest.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.

BARRETT'S FERRY, August 18, 1862-5.30 a. m.

(Received 8.10 p. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK:

The last of the infantry are now crossing the bridge; cavalry ready to follow. Will probably have everything at Williamsburg to-night.