War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0534 MD., e. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., & W. VA. Chapter LXIII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 19, 1862.

General LANDER:

With what force could you move on Winchester without including Williams' brigade?

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

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PAW PAW, VA., February 19, 1862.

Major General R. B. MARCY:

Three regiments and one battery just gone by order from Town Creek to General Rosecrans, and a force at New Creek and Hancock, say two regiments, from distant sources. I am told there are 60,000 men at Winchester. What it means I don't know, perhaps you may. I want no more green batteries, but the rear being long and the enemy behind earth-works, would like 4,000 infantry. If you can't spare them order me to take Winchester and give me authority to burn it. I am confident I can do it with what I have. Muhlenberg's section was a terrible loss to me, having tried him under fire. My artillery can hit nothing.

F. W. LANDER.

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SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS DIVISION, Numbers 32.

Fort Lyon, February 19, 1862.

Brigadier General John Sedgwick having been relieved from duty in this division as per Special Orders, Numbers 43, headquarters Army of the Potomac, Washington, February 13, 1862, the brigade formerly commanded by him has been assigned to Brigadier General D. B. Birney, who will assume command of the same.

By order of Brigadier-General Heintzelman:

ISAAC MOSES,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

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SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 38.

Washington, February 20, 1862.

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3. Brigadier General Thomas Williams, U. S. Volunteers, is relieved from duty in the Department of North Carolina, and will report to Major General B. F. Butler, U. S. Volunteers.

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By command of Major-General McClellan:

L. THOMAS,

Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Washington, February 20, 1862.

General BANKS:

Rumors of an attack on the 22nd instant from the enemy, which, though not credited, still point to a necessity for vigilance, render it proper