War of the Rebellion: Serial 040 Page 0264 N.VA., W.VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XXXVII.

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CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, VA., April 27, 1863.

Brigadier-General BENHAM,

Commanding Engineer Brigade:

The major-general commanding directs that you take the necessary and proper precautions to prevent the destruction of the pontoon bridges by fire or wood rafts floated down stream for this purpose.

Very respectfully, &c.,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, VA., April 27, 1863-7 p.m.

Brigadier-General BENHAM,

Commanding Engineer Brigade:

The major-general commanding directs me to say that one of the bridges designed for the crossing at Franklin's, after 10 o'clock to-night, be returned to a position in the vicinity of the Lacy house, and the former crossing opposite Fredericksburg, to be concealed, of course, and in a proper position to be used there when required, its movement to be kept from sight of the enemy. Only two bridges are desired at Franklin's Crossing.

Very respectfully, &c.,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, VA., April 27, 1863.

Captain C. B. COMSTOCK,

Corps of Engineers:

I am directed by the commanding general to say that you will have charge of throwing the pontoon bridge across the river at Kelly's Ford, and will be prepared to have it executed at or before daylight on Wednesday morning, the 29th instant. The bridge, complete, will be at Bealeton Station at or before 10.30 a.m. to-morrow (Tuesday). Teams to haul it from that station are directed to be in readiness at 7 a.m. to-morrow. In addition to party of engineers now on duty with this train, you will be furnished with whatever assistance you may require from the command of Major-General Howard, and will make your requisitions upon that officer accordingly.

Very respectfully, &c.,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION, April 27, 1863.

Lieutenant Colonel A. J. ALEXANDER,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that last night the guard placed by my provost-marshal for the protection of persons and house-hold property of the citizens in the vicinity of my camp were attacked