War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0610 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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HDQRS. FIRST AND SECOND DIVS., NINTH ARMY CORPS,

August 21, 1862.

Major-General POPE,

Commanding Army of Virginia:

GENERAL: I have just received a letter from General Burnside, stating that he would send troops to Barnett's Ford to-morrow. Would it not be well for you to request him to hurry them up?

General Buford has just returned. Longstreet's and Hill's divisions were the troops he was engaged with. They appear to be returning toward Rappahannock Station. The general reports them in strong force. He had a very successful skirmish, compelling their whole force to retire to the cover of the woods. Some 8 or 10 of his men were killed and wounded. The enemy's loss is unknown.

I have the honor, general, to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. L. RENO,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF VIRGINIA,

August 21, 1862 - 4 p. m.

Major-General RENO,

Commanding Detachment Ninth Corps:

GENERAL: Your dispatches just received. Hold on to your position as long as possible. I will re-enforce you if you need it. Keep me constantly advised, and by no means allow the enemy to interpose between us.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. POPE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF VIRGINIA,

Rappahannock Station, August 21, 1862 - 4 p. m.

Major-General HALLECK:

Just received dispatch from General Reno, who is at Kelly's Ford, 5 miles below. He says that Longstreet and Featherston, with their divisions, are advancing on him and are very near, and that Jackson is marching east. What time am I to expect General Porter at Barnett's Ford? I must abandon the railroad and fight a battle lower down on the river or be separated form Porter. Please inform me at once what you desire.

JNO. POPE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF VIRGINIA,

Rappahannock Station, August 21, 1862 - 5 p. m.

Major-General RENO,

Commanding Detachment Ninth Army Corps, Kelly's Ford:

GENERAL: I have sent the Second Army Corps (Banks') to take post within 2 miles of you. If you need assistance send to General Williams, who commands the corps. I think Longstreet's and Feather