War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0601 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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MAY 5, 1862.

General MARCY, or

General FRANKLIN:

A contraband servant in the Twentieth Georgia confirms in a remarkable manner the story of Jackson and the attack. He says also that eight regiments went to re-enforce Jackson last night at Hanover Junction. He goes to General Andrew Porter.

WM. F. SMITH,

Brigadier-General.

General FRANKLIN.

Come over if you can this morning to look at my lines.

[11.] WM. F. SMITH.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK,

Opposite Fredericksburg, May 5, 1862.

Brigadier-General WADSWORTH,

Military Governor of Washington:

Being placed under my orders, I have directed Colonel Geary to report the strength and position of his command to you, and I will thank you to give him such orders as may be necessary for the protection of the railroad from Manassas west. The regiments at Aquia Creek will constitute a brigade under the command of Brigadier-General Ricketts, who has been ordered to repair without delay to Aquia Creek to organize it.

IRVIN McDOWELL,

Major-General, Commanding.

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GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. MOUNTAIN DEPARTMENT, Numbers 22.

Wheeling, May 5, 1862.

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II. The limits of the Railroad District, as defined in General Orders, Numbers 6, current series, are so extended as to embrace all that part of Hampshire and Hardy Counties lying within the Mountain Department.

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By command of Major-General Fremont:

HENRY THRALL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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CAMP Numbers 5, Princeton, May 5, 1862-8 a. m.

Colonel E. P. SCAMMON,

Commanding Third Brigade:

SIR: There will be no difficulty in turning the enemy's position at the Narrows of New River. There are paths or open woods accessible to infantry leading across the mountains to the right of the Narrows into the valley of Wolf Creek, thence by good roads to the mount of Wolf Creek four to six miles from Giles Court-House, and in the rear of the Narrows. This you will understand by looking at any map at this region. Guides can be procured who will undertake to pilot us across, a circuit of perhaps ten or twelve miles. I doubt whether the enemy will attempt to hold the Narrows. Their force was the Forty-fifth Regiment and about 800 militia of Giles, Montgomery, and ---