War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0688 OPERATIONS IN N.VA., W.VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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WARRENTON JUNCTION, August 27, 1862-1.45 p.m.

General McDOWELL:

Reno has his instructions, and is ahead of the wagon train.

JNO. POPE,

Major-General, Commanding.

WARRENTON JUNCTION, [August 27, 1862]-2.20 p.m.

General McDOWELL:

I have information, upon which I rely, from aides of Generals Banks and signal corps, reporting what fell under their own observation-that a heavy column of the enemy moved yesterday across the Sperryville pike in the direction of Gaines' Cross-Roads and Salem, passing along the east base of Buck Mountain. It is this movement of the enemy that I desire very much to know about, if it can be ascertained by observation.

JNO. POPE,

Major-General.

ALEXANDRIA, August 27, 1862.

General BURNSIDE:

Have you any news from the front this morning?

GEO. B. McCLELLAN.

SECOND CORPS, NEAR BEALETON, August 27, 1862.

Major-General McDOWELL,

Commanding Third Corps:

GENERAL: Your dispatch, in duplicate, just received-2.30 p.m. My command is on the march and will be Warrenton Junction this evening.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

RAPPAHANNOCK, August 27, 1862-6 p.m.

Colonel SCHRIVER,

Chief of Staff:

SIR: The river is fordable at both fords for cavalry and long-legged infantry. Some 200 cavalry and infantry have crossed at the upper ford, and driven in our pickets about half a mile. We see cavalry and guns mounted near the bridge; they make no attempt to cross. The large baggage train across the river has all gone. Some regiments of Heintzelman's infantry are 3 miles up the railroad.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. N. DUFFIE,

Colonel Rhode Island Cavalry.

Can't the cars run down here?

ALEXANDRIA, VA., August 27, 1862-9.45 a.m. (Received 10 a.m.)

General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

I reached this place last evening. We shall be ready to commence