War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0749 Chapter XXIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Alexandria, Va., August 30, 1862 - 5.40 p.m.

General H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief:

Major Hammerstein, of my staff, reports from 2 miles this side of Centerville, at 1.30 p. m., that Franklin's corps was then advancing rapidly. Sumner's corps moved at 1.45 p. m. The orderly who brought the dispatch from Hammerstein states that he learned that the fighting commenced 5 miles beyond Centreville, and that our people had been driving them all day. Hammerstein says all he heard was favorable.

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Alexandria, August 30, 1862 - 5.25 p.m .

(Received 5.40 p.m .)

Major-General HALLECK:

Major-General Couch has just arrived with one regiment of his division. I have ordered him to land it immediately and have it ready to move to the front at a moment's notice. I have ascertained what portion of his command he expected this afternoon and to-night and when he expects the whole, and will urge him to use every exertion to land his troops and hold them in readiness to move as fast as they arrive.

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, D. C., August 30, 1862 - 6.10 p.m .

Major-General McCLELLAN, Alexandria:

I have directed General Burnside to suspend the embarkation of all troops except Williams' cavalry till further orders. I hope they will not be required. News form Pope favorable. If re-enforcement reach him in tome we shall have a glorious victory, which will enable us to push Burnside in another direction.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, D. C., August 30, 1862 - 6.30 p. m.

Major-General McCLELLAN, Alexandria:

Put Couch's men on train s and send them to Sangster's and other stations as guards. I am afraid the marauders may attempt to destroy the road to-night.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Camp near Alexandria, August 30, 1862 - 6.45 p. m.

Major General D. N. COUCH, Commanding Division,

(Care Captain C. B. Ferguson, Asst. Quartermaster, Alexandria):

Send the regiment of your division which has arrived as soon as