War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0783 Chapter XXIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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ON MADISON ROAD, [August - 1862]-11.58.

[General McDOWELL:]

Last report from cavalry pickets say small force of cavalry and infantry, not certainly more than a regiment, probably less, are retiring toward Madison.

Do you wish me to go any farther from the army? I am about 2 miles distant; the cavalry battalion 1 mile farther.

With respect,

Z. B. TOWER,

Brigadier-General.

WATERY MOUNT, [August -, 1862]-2.45 p.m.

Major BARSTOW:

General Bayard and cavalry are here.

KING,

General.

[AUGUST -, 1862]- 3 o'clock.

General McDOWELL:

Pickets report the temporary bridge is giving away.

Z. B. TOWER,

Brigadier-General.

I have ordered out the pioneers, but they cannot save it.

[AUGUST -, 1862.] (Received 3.10 p.m.)

General McDOWELL:

Counted 63 wagons, following infantry, reported to the right. More coming. A force of infantry coming by same road and moving to the left.

TAYLOR.

HEADQUARTERS IN FIELD, [August-, 1862.]

Colonel SCHRIVER:

COLONEL: Rebel infantry is pouring into the woods toward your headquarters and a strong cavalry forces is in front. I have fallen back toward Centreville. The infantry had commenced coming in before I got out.

GEO. D. BAYARD,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[AUGUST-, 1862.]

Colonel SCHRIVER, Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: There is no doubt but they (the rebels) are massing their troops toward the right. Heavy columns moved down to the right yesterday, and all their movements seem to be in that direction-down toward Fairfax.

GEO. D. BAYARD,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Cavalry.