needed here. I report myself ready to return to Washington, or for any orders you may have to send me. I saw Colonel Carroll, severely wounded in the arms, but cheerful and doing well; also General Webb, who has a wound on the right side of the head, in good spirits, expecting to come to Belle Plain to-morrow. The 500 wounded of the Second and Fifth Corps, recovered yesterday from the enemy's lines are now being embarked here. The head of General Tyler's column, 9,000 strong, was about crossing the Rappahannock at 3.30 p.m.
M. C. MEIGS,
Quartermaster-General, U. S. Army.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA., May 17, 1864.
(Received 2.20 p.m.)
Colonel D. C. McCALLUM:
Lieutenant-General Grant desires that the Potomac and Richmond Railroad as far as Hamilton's Crossing shall be put in order with the least possible delay. Send all necessary material and labor at once to Aquia Creek. A second bridge at Fredericksburg is essential to quick communication. Please see General Rucker, procure the necessary transportation and have twenty pontoons (for which General Rucker promised yesterday to send to Washington) towed to Aquia with the least delay, together with the other bridge material.
M. C. MEIGS,
ALEXANDRIA, VA., May 17, 1864.
(Received 2.40 p.m.)
Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON.
Secretary of War:
The railroad will be done to Falmouth by Tuesday night next. Your obedient servant,
D. C. McCALLUM,
Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.
Washington City, May 17, 1864.
There is an urgent necessity for you to be here. You will please come immediately if you have no contrary orders or assigned duty from General Grant.
EDWIN M. STANTON.
Secretary of War.
Have the telegram from Secretary of War to General Meigs delivered to-night certain.
THOS. T. ECKERT.