HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
October 6, 1862-5.40 p.m. (Received 7.50 p.m.)
Major General H. W. HALLECK,
Copy of General Grant's dispatch just received. From the bottom of my heart I congratulate you on the results, and hope that the Army of the Potomac may soon again offer good tidings to the country. When you dispatch to Grant, please offer my congratulations.
GEO. B. McCLELLAN,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, October 6, 1862.
General R. E. LEE,
Commanding Army of Northern Virginia:
GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 2nd instant, in regard to the return of 27 wagons and teams, furnished by Major General A. P. Hill for the use of certain paroled officers of the United States Army. These wagons and teams are now on their return from Washington, and are expected here in two days. Upon their arrival, I will send them immediately to such place as you may in the mean time be pleased to designate.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. B. McCLELLAN,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, OFFICE OF CHIEF QUARTERMASTER,
Camp on the Antietam, Md., October 6, 1862-2 p.m.
Colonel C. G. SAWTELLE,
Quartermaster, Cass Building, Vermont ave., Washington, D. C.:
Arrived at 9 a.m. General McClellan wished to know when the canal will be in order to Harper's Ferry, and what force is at work upon it. He is anxious to make use of this canal at once. Send an officer to push forward the clothing, stationery, &c., to Hagerstown and Harper's Ferry. The delay is outrageous. Find out where the obstacles are. Send forward horses as fast as you can. Forward what shelter tents you can obtain, equally to Harper's Ferry and Hagerstown. Send an agent or an officer over both roads, and direct them to hurry through and report what impediments are met with. See Mr. Tucker, and report progress by telegraph.
Lieutenant-Colonel, Aide-de-Camp, and Chief Quartermaster.
WASHINGTON, D. C., October 6, 1862-7 p.m.
General R. INGALLS,
General McClellan's Headquarters:
There are 65 men at work repairing the canal. The only break is at the month of Monocacy Creek. Colonel Rucker to-day ordered Captain Dana to increase the force, if possible, to 150. It would take 150 men