HEADQUARTERS, Catlett's Station, April 16, 1862.
Brigadier-General KING, Bristoe:
Major-General McDowell says, in reply to your telegram that you will bring up your whole division to this place. Augur's and Gibbon's people arrived last night, but some of the wagons are still behind (9 o'clock).
Chief of Staff.
WARRENTON JUNCTION, April 16, 1862.
Major R. M. COPELAND,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Bank's Division:
The enemy fortifying southern bank of the Rappahannock. His force estimated from 5,000 to 7,000. General Smith in command. Reconnoitering parties fired into yesterday and to-day. A sergeant of the Rhode Island cavalry shot in the arm. Several horses wounded.
J. J. ABERCROMBIE,
HEADQUARTERS OF DIVISION,
On board Steamer Mystic, No. 41.
Off Alexandria, April 16, 1862.
The embarkation of this division will commence to-morrow morning. Brigade commanders will march their commands in close under, with mystic, to the piers indicated by inclosed slip.*
By order of Brigadier-General Franklin:
E. SPARROW PURDY,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Camp Winfield Scott, April 17, 1862.
Major General N. P. BANKS,
Commanding Department Shenandoah, Woodstock, Va.:
Am very glad to hear that you have taught Ashby a lesson so handsomely. We are making progress in our preparations, but still have an immense deal to do.
G. B. McCLELAN,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Near Yorktown, April 17, 1862-8 p. M.
Major General J. E. WOOL,
Commanding Department of Virginia, Fort Monroe:
Had some sharp work yesterday and silenced several of the rebel batteries and drove them to the words. The great difficulty is that the river is generally impassable. Weather excellent. We are rapidly completing our preparations for the attack. Enemy seem to be in full force and don't like shells.
G. G. McCLELLAN,