War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0543 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Washington, February 27, 1862.

General W. F. SMITH,

Camp Griffin:

All movements toward Harper's Ferry have been countermanded. Tehre is therefore no probability of your division being called on for immediate active service.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[5.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 27, 1862.

General J. HOOKER,

Commanding Division, Camp Baker, Lower Potomac:

The general commanding directs that you suspend the movement of your division until further orders.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

[5.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 27, 1862.

General W. S. ROSECRANS,

Wheeling, Va.:

The Patterson's Creek bridge has been fired by rebel guerrillas. Please take steps to guard the bridges and to send, if possible, two companies of cavalry to New Creek bridge at once. Nothing, I believe, but small parties of rebels along the line of the road.

GEO. B. MCCLELLAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

[5.]

SANDY HOOK, February 27, 1862-3.15 p. m.

General F. W. LANDER:

Did you receive message of last night? Cannot make permanent bridge here. If I detrmine to open railroad before tkaing Winchester, how soon can you be in Martinsburg? Commence rebuilding road at once from you, and reply, giving your views most fully.

GEO. B. MCCLELLAN,

Major-General.

[5.]

WASHINGTON, D. C., February 27, 1862.

[General F. W. LANDER,]

Paw Paw, Va.:

Have finished bridge; 8,000 infantry on Virginia side. Can hold position against anything, leaving the minimum force necessary to cover the railroad. Take with you Williams' brigade and move on Martinsburg as rapidly as yoru means will permit. Arrange for the rebuilding of the railroad as fast as possible behind you. Leonard will be ordered to join you at Martinsburg. When can you be there? I will probably occupy Charlestown to-morrow, or at latest Friday. My subsequent movements will depend upon the time of your arrival at