HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,
Courtney's House, June 4, 1862.
SIR: Will you please do me the justice to have your dispatch about the battle of Fair Oaks published as it was written?*
E. V. SUMNER,
Brigadier-General, U. S. Army,
HEADQUARTERS FOURTH CORPS,
June 4, 1862-11,45 a. m.
Chief of Staff:
The scounting party sent out this morning in accordance with your orders has returned. The officer reports the White Oak Swamp impassable at the Three Forks. No signs of an enemy were found, and the country on this side the swamp is next to impassable. Cavalry is absolutely necessary to keep me informed as to the condition of my lines.
Repeat to General Sumner.
E. D. DEYES,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Fourth Corps.
CAMDEN STATION, Baltimore, June 4, 1862.
(Received 8,30 p. m.)
Honorable E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
Mr. Smith, now at Harper's Ferry, reports that the train sent upon the Winchester road has returned with the information that the bridges over Opequon and other creeks on that line have been burned and will require entire renewal. Our advices are of extraordinary rains in the Alleghany and Blue Ridge regions, with repid and threatening rise in Potomac, Shenandoah, and their tributaries. Our officers and men in large force are stationed at all important points, especially at Harper's Ferry, to preserve, if possible, the bridges and road.
J. W. GARRETT,
Washington City, D. C., June 4, 1862-9,25 p. m.
JOHN W. GARRETT, Esq.,
Colonel Miles telegraphs that the Harper's Ferry bridge is in great danger from the freshet. Do you know it?
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.'
* See McClellan to Stanton, June 5, 10,30 a. m., VOL. XI, Part I, p. 751.
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