War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0470 MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., & W. VA. Chapter LXIII.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Numbers 30.

Washington, September 4, 1861.

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12. Brigadier General H. W. Slocum, volunteer service, having reported to these headquarters for duty in accordance with Special Orders, Numbers 141, of August 24, 1861, from the Headquarters of the Army, is assigned to the command of the brigade at present commanded by Colonel Davies, composed of the following regiments: Sixteenth, Twenty-sixth, Twenty-seventh New York Volunteers, Fifth Maine Volunteers.

By command of Major-General McClellan:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Numbers 31.

Washington, September 4, 1861.

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12. Brigadier General George W. Morell, volunteer service, having reported to these headquarters in pursuance of instructions from the War Department, is assigned to duty with Brigadier General J. J. Porter's division, which he will proceed to join with as little delay as practicable.

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By command of Major-General McClellan:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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GAULEY BRIDGE, September 4, 1861-6 a. m.

Numbers 8.]

General W. S. ROSECRANS,

Clarksburg, Va.:

Yours of 1st instant received. A wounded prisoner taken yesterday says the attack on both sides yesterday was a preconcerted and serious effort, but there is little danger to the apprehended from such attacks. They annoy and weary the men without being serious. On New River road we shall take the aggressive to-day. On the side of the Fayette road there is no good opportunity for posting a small body where the skirmishers of the enemy cannot surround them on the mountains, and we shall have to keep closer in till we can spare a sufficient body to attack their whole force. Two regiments starting below, about ten miles, could pass beyond Fayette and take that force in rear, driving it this way and clearing it out. The enemy lost a cavalry captain and five men killed on the Fayette road and five killed on the New River road. We had no one killed; one man supposed to be was only slightly hurt and got back from the picket he was at.

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Numbers 34.

Washington, September 5, 1861.

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2. Brigadier General George G. Meade, having reported to these headquarters in pursuance of instructions from the Secretary of War, is assigned