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STRASBURG, May 19, 1862-3 p. m. (Received 4.10 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

All quiet here. Nothing known to indicate presence of infantry force in valley. Cavalry scouts fired upon our pickets near Woodstock last night. I go to Fort Royal this afternoon. Will return here to-night and report condition of affairs there.

N. P. BANKS,

Major-General, Commanding.

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WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, D. C., May 19, 1862-5.15 p. m.

Major General N. P. BANKS,

Strasburg, Va.:

The following telegrams have been received to-day from General Fremont's headquarters.* if is manifest from the reports that Milroy and Schenck, and the forces under Cox, have met with rought usage. They have been driven back with considerable loss.

P. H. WATSON,

Assistant Secretary of War.

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FORT MONROE, May 20, 1862.

Honorable EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

I returned here this evening. I have no important news to communicate. The progress of General McClellan's army is necessarily slow on account of the state of the roads. Shall I not now discharge all the transports for which we have no immediate use?

JOHN TUCKER,

Assistant Secretary of War.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. FIFTH PROVISIONAL ARMY CORPS, Numbers 2.

Camp Tunstall's Station, Va., May 20, 1862.

The following will be the order of march for to-morrow, 21st instant: Porter's division to march at 5 a. m. on the road from Tunstall's Station to New Bridge, and will camp at Mount Airy, unless it receives orders to the contrary. Sykes' division will march at 8 a. m. on the same road, and will continue in motion until it receives instructions to go into camp. The baggage train of headquarters of the corps and of general headquarters will travel in rear of the leading division.

By command of Brigadier General F. J. Porter:

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington City, D. C., May 21, 1862.

Honorable JOHN TUCKER,

Assistant Secretary of War, Fortress Monroe, Va.:

The propellers which form the regular freight and cattle line to this city, namely, Sophia, Josephine, William P. Clyde, City of Richmond,

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*See VOL. XII, Part I, p. 503.

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