War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0527 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Wheeling, Va., February 7, 1862.

General GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN:

Have daily reports from Raleigh, and frequent ones from Colonel Garfield, on Bit Sandy. Not the slightest foundation for Colonel P[iatt]'s apprehension. If he wants to lead a brigade he ought to give the real reasons, but, general, there ought to be a combined movmeent on the railroad. Will write plan for it.*

W. S. ROSECRANS.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Wheeling, Va., February 7, 1862.

General GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN:

No further news from Cheat. All quiet in the east. Sixty or seventy guerrillas in wilds about Barboursville. One of our corporals deserted from Raleigh. Floyd fortifying at or near Newberne. Half of Clarkson's cavalry ordred to that region. Streams still swollen. Have written you plan for breaking up that railroad communication. Rumors to-day that five regiments soon expected at Lewisburg. General Denver reports that he is ordred here. Is he to be assigned o such duty as I think best? I await your letter spoken of in last dispatch.

W. S. ROSECRANS.

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WASHINGTON, D. C., February 7, 1862-4 p. m.

General F. W. LANDER,

Patterson's Creek, Va.:

General McClellan desires that as soon as you can dispense with their services you send back to Grfton the Ohio regiments and batteries recently drawn to your support from that place. These troops are required by General Rosecrans for operations in West Virginia.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Numbers 38.

Washington, February 8,1 862.

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4. Brigadier General Thomas F. Meagher, volunteer service, will report to Brigadier General Edwin V. Sumner, U. S. Army, for assignment by him to the command of a brigade of his division.

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By command of Major-General McClellan:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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WASHINGTON, D. C., February 8, 1862.

General LANDER,

Patterson's Creek, Va.:

The troops referred to in my dispatch of yesterday are the three Ohio regiments and the battery which recently joined you from Grafton. In

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*See VOL. V, p. 721.

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