War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0612 MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., & W. VA. Chapter LXIII.

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GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS OF DIVISION, Numbers 51.

Near West Point, Va., May 10, 1862.

The general commanding congratulates the officers and men of the command upon their gallant conduct and success in the action of the 7th instant near West Point. Landing upon a hostile shore, with no knowledge of the country inland or of the force that would be likely to meet them, they were attacked by the enemy with immense superiority of numbers before the landing was completed. They not only regained their ground after having been repulsed by a greatly superior force, but gained an advanced position, from which they could not be driven by all the efforts of the enemy. The general commanding expected much from his division, and it has so far come fully up to his expectations. So good a commencement augurs well for the final reputation of the division and the success of the cause.

By order of Brigadier-General Franklin:

E. SPARROW PURDY,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK,

Opposite Fredericksburg, May 10, 1862.

Brigadier-General WADSWORTH,

Washington, D. C.:

Send as soon as possible General Duryea's brigade to Catlett's, and there relieve General Hartsuff's brigade. If there is transportation, let the movement commence to-day.

By command of Major-General McDowell:

ED. SCHRIVER,

Chief of Staff.

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WASHINGTON, May 10, 1862-5.56 p. m.

Brigadier General GEORGE L. HARTSUFF,

Catlett's:

Secretary's return uncertain. One regiment Duryea's brigade will start by rail to-night, if possible. The remainder will go to-morrow.

P. H. WATSON,

Assistant Secretary of War.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK,

May 10, 1862.

General HARTSUFF,

Near Catlett's:

Duryea is three miles west of Alexandria. I give you what has just been received respecting his movement from General Wadsworth: "I hope to get one regiment through by morning." General McDowell directs you to move when two regiments of Duryea's shall have arrived. Prevent straggling if possible, as there are irregular rebels on the road ready to pick them up.

ED. SCHRIVER,

Chief of Staff.

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