War of the Rebellion: Serial 028 Page 0249 Chapter XXXI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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itably come into their possession. You may be sure that I will follow them as closely as I can, and fight them whenever I can find them. It is as much my interest as yours to preserve the soil of Pennsylvania from invasion, or, failing in that, to destroy any army that may have the temerity to attempt it.

GEO. B. McCLELLAN,

Major-General.

HARPER'S FERRY, VA.,

September 10, 1862-2.30 p. m.

Major-General HALLECK:

A column of the enemy (5,000 of all arms) marching on Hagerstown.

D. S. MILES.

MARTINSBURG, VA.,

September 10, 1862-9 p. m.

Major-General WOOL, Baltimore, Md.:

Lieutenant-Colonel Downey, commanding at Kearnesville, reports that he, with an escort of 20 men, encountered the enemy at Boonsborough, advancing to-day. He does not state whether in this direction or toward Hagerstown; probably, cannot tell. The enemy in considerable force. Colonel Downey and Captain Shamburg, commanding the escort, charged upon the enemy, who retreated in confusion, till they ascertained how small a force attacked them, and then turned upon our men, who were obliged, of course, to recede. Colonel Downey was wounded, though not severely.

JULIUS WHITE,

Brigadier-General.

MARTINSBURG, VA.,

September 10, 1862-11 p. m.

Major-General HALLECK:

I address the dispatch to you as well as General Wool, having heard he was absent from Baltimore. The force alluded to is undoubtedly larger than heretofore reported.

JULIUS WHITE,

Brigadier-General.

MARTINSBURG, VA.,

September 10, 1862-11 p. m.

Major-General WOOL, Baltimore, Md.:

A reliable spy (whom I have had in Maryland for two days past) has just arrived, and reports the forces of the enemy passing through Boonsborough, northwestward, to-day, at not less than 15,000 of all arms-at least twelve regiments of infantry. Probable destination Hagerstown.

JULIUS WHITE,

Brigadier-General.

CONTINENTAL HOTEL,

Philadelphia, Pa., September 10, 1862.

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

Colonel Wright, of Governor Curtin's staff, will arrive in Washington early to-morrow morning, and drive direct to your house. It is