Brigadier-General STAHEL, or
The above dispatch was received at these headquarters at 2.30 a. m. It was brought by 6 cavalrymen, who also brought in 2 prisoners--1 major and a colored guide. They left Ashby's Gap at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and came here under difficulties. Please send the above dispatch to Major-General Sigel immediately, as the most direct communication.
By order of Brigadier General C Schurz, commanding division:
E. F. HOFFMAN,
Major and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
EXECUTIVE MANSION, Washington, November 5, 1862.
By direction of the President, it is ordered that Major-General McClellan be relieved from the command of the Army of the Potomac, and that Major-General Burnside take the command of that army. Also which is now commanded by General Burnside.* That Major-General Fitz John Porter be relieved from the command of the corps he now commands in said army, and that Major-General Hooker take command of said corps.
The General-in-Chief is authorized, in [his] discretion, to issue an order substantially as the above, forthwith, or so soon as he may deem proper.
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, Washington, November 5, 1862.
GENERAL: On receipt of the order of the President, sent herewith, you will immediately turn over your command to Major-General Burnside, and repair to Trenton, N. J., reporting, on your arrival at that place, by telegraph, for further orders.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
H. W. HALLECK,
WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJT. General 'S OFFICE,
Washington, November 5, 1862.
By direction of the President of the United States, it is ordered that Major-General McClellan be relieved from the command of the Army of the Potomac, and that Major-General Burnside take the command of that army.
By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
*Hunter did not take command of the Ninth Army Corps, but no revocation of the order is of record.
35 R R--VOL XIX, PT II