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HEADQUARTERS FIFTEENTH NEW YORK ENGINEERS,

Washington, November 14, 1862.

Captain BOWERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Engineer Brigade:

CAPTAIN: I did not receive the order of the 6th instant from general headquarters until 2 p.m. of the 12th, when I took immediate measures to carry it out. My orders from General Woodbury this morning were to carry out the orders received from Headquarters Army of the Potomac, except mounting the train on wheels; that was to be deferred.

The boats are here, and the train could be mounted ready to move on Sunday morning if we were furnished transportation. To move it I should require about 270 additional horses.

Yours, truly,

I. SPAULDING,

Captain.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, November 14, 1862

Brigadier-General KELLEY, Cumberland, Md.:

General Morell will be directed to co-operate with you. Keep him advised of the enemy's movements.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, November 14, 1862

General MORELL, Frederick City, Md.:

Assume command of the troops left by General McClellan on the Upper Potomac, and co-operate with General Kelley against Jackson. Be careful and not get your troops entrapped in Harper's Ferry. Maryland Heights is the true point of defense.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

HAGERSTOWN, MD., November 14, 1862.

Major-General HALLECK:

Your telegram of this morning received. I cannot send troops from this point to assist General Kelley. The enemy were reported yesterday evening, one brigade between Winchester and Martinsburg, one at Pughtown, and one one the Romney road near Cacapon.

GEO. W. MORELL,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEFENSES OF THE UPPER POTOMAC.

Hagerstown, Md., November 14, 1862.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief, U. S. Army, Washington:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge, by telegraph, the receipt of your dispatch of this morning, directing me to assume command of the troops left by General McClellan on the Upper Potomac, and to co-operate with General Kelley against Jackson.