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[CHAP. XXXIII.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

November 22, 1862.

General J. G. PARKE, Chief of Staff:

The firing is upon the railroad train, and without orders. I have stopped it.

E. B. SUMNER,

Brevet Major-General, U. S. Army.

HEADQUARTERS RIGHT GRAND DIVISION,

Near Falmouth, Va., November 22, 1862.

MAYOR OF FREDERICKSBURG:

The invitation given to you in my letter of last night was in these words: "General Patrick will meet a committee or representative from your town to-morrow morning at 9 o'clock at the Lacy house." This invitation was intended only for the civil authorities of Fredericksburg, but I have no objection to the committee being accompanied by one or two military persons. If you wish to meet General Patrick, he will be at the Lacy house at 2 o'clock to-day.

The firing upon the train this morning was through mistake, and contrary to orders. I should much regret to learn that any departing families had been injured.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. V. SUMNER,

Brevet Major-General, U. S. Army.

HEADQUARTERS RIGHT GRAND DIVISION,

November 22, 1862.

Mayor and Common Council of Fredericksburg, Va.:

I am authorized to say that, so long as no hostile demonstration is made from the town, it will not be shelled. I have also to say that there will be no firing the cars before 11 a.m. to-morrow.

E. V. SUMNER,

Brevet Major-General, U. S. Army, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Falmouth, November 22, 1862.

Major-General HOOKER,

Commanding Center Grand Division:

GENERAL: The demand made upon the city authorities yesterday was not acceded to, and more time was asked by them to remove the women and children, sick, &c., which is in consideration. The enemy has a number of guns in position on the heights in rear of the town, which command the road from your place through Falmouth. The commanding general requests that you send out an officer of your staff to ascertain if a road cannot be located from your encampment striking the Falmouth and Stafford Court-House road some 2 or 3 miles in rear of Falmouth. An officer from these headquarters will be sent out on the