CAMP Numbers 5, May 5, 1862-Latest.
COLONEL: Two more contrabands. We can surely get the baggage in six hours, eighteen miles, without difficulty. Do send the order.
R. B. HAYES,
McCLELLAN'S HEADQUARTERS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
May 6, 1862.
Colonel D. H. RUCKER,
What is McDowell doing with so many boats in the Rappahannock? Can't some of them be ordered here and to Perryville? We are moving troops by water to West Point, and want everything we can obtain. Besides, we have now 2,500 sick and wounded soldiers to be sent by water to hospitals. We have had a pretty severe fight and whipped the enemy handsomely. Hancock's brigade acted splendidly. Our cavalry used their sabers.
S. VAN VLIET,
CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS PORTER'S DIVISION,
Camp Winfield Scott, Va., May 6, 1862.
In compliance with orders from General McClellan this division will embark as soon as transportation arrives. Part of the transportation will arrive to-morrow, when a pportion of the command will embark. Commanders will see that their commands are supplied with four days' rations and four days' forage for their animals dating from the day of embarkation. The order designating the manner in which the troops will embark will be issued to-morrow.
By command of Brigadier General F. J. Porter:
FRED. T. LOCKE,
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK,
Opposite Fredericksburg, May 6, 1862.
Brigadier-General BAYARD, &c.:
GENERAL: Your communication of this date respecting the rebel camp opposite yours has been submitted to the general, who directs me to say that he does not desire you to take any measures for driving them from the position which they occupy, it being the one that the general wishes them to be in, but content yourself with keeping your command in a safe position.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.