War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0774 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, D. C., August 31, 1862-11.30 p.m.

Major-General McCLELLAN, Alexandria:

General Halleck has gone to bed. I am directed to say he will see you at any time to-morrow morning that will suit your convenience.

JNO. J. KEY,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, August 31, 1862.

General BURNSIDE, Falmouth, Va.:

You will embark your troops as rapidly as possible for Alexandria.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

FALMOUTH, VA., August 31, 1862-8 a.m.

Major-General HALLECK, General-in-Chief:

Dispatch received. All right.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General, Commanding.

FALMOUTH, August 31, 1862-9 a.m.

General GEORGE B. McCLELLAN:

Have you heard anything from Pope? Telegraph me in cipher.

A. E. BURNSIDE.

McC., August 31, 1862-9.50 a.m.

Major General AMBROSE E. BURNSIDE, Falmouth:

Dispatch received. Pope fought all day yesterday, but retired in evening to Centreville. He did not gain a victory, I fear. We have little definite information.

A. V. COLBURN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 31, 1862-11.30 a.m.

General D. N. COUCH,

Commanding Division, Alexandria:

In reply to your telegram of 11 o'clock, you with please get your command ready to march as soon as practicable. I have just telegraphed to the superintendent of the railroad, asking him if he can send out your troops by rail. Will inform you as soon as the reply comes. It is believed that the road is uninterrupted between Fairfax Station and Centreville. The last order supersedes the others.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.