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WASHINGTON, September 1, 1862.

Major-General McCLELLAN:

General Pope was ordered this morning to fall back to line of fortifications and has been moving all day in this direction.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, D. C., September 1, 1862-10.20 a.m.

General McCLELLAN'S HEADQUARTERS, Alexandria:

Is the general coming up to Washington; and, if so, at what hour will he be here? I am very anxious to see him.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

September 1, 1862.

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

I shall start for Washington in a few minutes. I am now getting important information from a staff officer, who has just come in from the front. As soon as I can gather all the information he has I shall start at once for Washington.

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Washington, September 1, 1862.

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

GENERAL: In view of the possible movement of the enemy upon Fairfax Court-House I respectfully inquire if it would not be prudent that trains and artillery be stopped proceeding along the Little River turnpike until a cavalry reconnaissance shall show what operations, if any, the enemy may have made in that quarter? There are some batteries of Sumner's corps ready to start.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General, U. S. Army.

WAR DEPARTMENT, September 1, 1862-5.30 p.m.

Major-General PORTER,

Centreville, Commanding Fifth Corps:

I ask of you for my sake, that of the country, and of the old Army of the Potomac, that you and all my friends will lend the fullest and most cordial co-operation to General Pope in all the operations now going on. The destinies of our country, the honor of our arms, are at stake, and all depends now upon the cheerful co-operation of all in the field. This week is the crisis of our fate. Say the same thing to my friends in the Army of the Potomac, and that the last request I have to make of them