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places, and I have never been notified in a single instance of their positions. He has communicated directly with them, and I know, and can know, nothing of their whereabouts.

JNumbers POPE,

Major-General.

ARLINGTON, September 5, [1862] - 12.05 p. m.

Major-General HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

I have just received an order from General McClellan to have my command in readiness to march with three days' rations and further details of the march. What is my command, and where is it? McClellan has scattered it about in all directions, and has not informed me of the position of a single regiment. Am I do take the field and under McClellan's orders?

JNumbers POPE,

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., September 5, 1862.

Major-General POPE, Arlington:

The armies of the Potomac and Virginia being consolidated, you will report for orders to the Secretary of War.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

HEADQUARTERS,

Washington, September 5, 1862 - 11.30 p.m .

Major-General McDOWELL,

Or Senior Officer with his Corps, Ball's Cross-Roads:

General Cox has been ordered to march as soon as he is relieved by troops from your command. The commanding general directs that you at once send a force to relieve his pickets. Please acknowledge receipt of this dispatch.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

ALEXANDRIA, VA., September 5, 1862.

General R. B. MARCY, Chief of Staff:

My regiment is not disembarked. Arrived here after dark. Don't know whether it would be better to disembark here or at Washington, but rather incline to the latter. I expect the Fifth United States and Fourth Pennsylvania to be here to-morrow night. Tidball's battery will probably be here to-morrow.

WM. W. AVERELL,

Colonel, Commanding.

UPTON'S HILL, VA.,

September 5, 1862 - 1.30 a.m.

Colonel A. V. COLBURN,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

General Pleasonton had gone when I came out. The roads, I am informed, are carefully picketed with infantry, with cavalry vedettes in