Everything is destroyed; pontoon bridge easily repaired for infantry to cross, and ford about 2 feet deep. Enemy crossing the river all day yesterday; our forces followed. I think my brigade might be withdrawn with perfect safety.
RICH'D B. IRWIN,
Captain, Aide-de-Camp, and Actg. Asst. Adjt. General
HEADQUARTERS DEFENSES OF WASHINGTON,
September 20, 1862 - 2.30 p. m.
Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,
Asst. Adjt. General, Hdqrs. Army of the Potomac:
Telegram of 1.25 received. The military governor of the District of Columbia was instructed a few days since to send forward only such recruits as might arrive in squads, armed and equipped, and in charge of competent officers, and to give the most stringent instructions to the officers to prevent straggling and avoid delay. Orders have just been issued to send none. There are about 50 officers and 3,500 men fit for duty in the camp of convalescents, stragglers, and recruits. They will be organized, so that they can go forward at once when called for.
N. P. BANKS,
Statement showing the number of men composing the Army of the Potomac on the 20th day of September, 1862.
Command Aggregate Aggregate Aggregate Aggregate
present for on special absent present
duty duty sick, and
and in absent
General 1.393 226 949 2.568
General 12.237 856 18.490 31.583
General 13.604 2.465 11.701 27.770
General 7.219 771 4.417 12.407
General F. 19.477 1.383 11.819 32.679
General 11.862 1.504 9.990 23.356
General 10.734 1.329 12.282 24.345
General A. 8.383 1.632 7.144 17.159
General 4.543 515 2.628 7.686
General 1.110 292 861 2.263
General 2.269 258 1.174 3.701
Major Scott, 318 41 88 442
General 71.210 13.043 23.586 107.839
Grand total 164.359 24.315 105.124 293.798
Washington, D. C., February 27, 1863.
It is hereby certified that the preceding statement is accurately compiled from the morning report of the 20th day of September, 1862, signed by Major-General McClellan and his assistant adjutant-general, Seth Williams, and now on file in this office.