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FRONT ROYAL, June 7, 1862.

Major-General McDOWELL,

Washington, D. c.:

Following just received from General King:

WARRENTORN, June 6, 1862.

My division arrived here this afternoon. We found no troops nor traces of any. I am assured that there have been none but straggling parties of the enemy in this region for some weeks. The town is perfectly quiet. We have means of carrying from five to six days' rations in addition to the ordinary baggage of the division. I have left one regiment at Gainesville to guard forage, subsistence, and cattle, it being the most convenient point from which to draw supplies.

I sent you by telegraph last correspondence between General Ord and myself. Everything quient here except the aforesaid general.

ED. SCHRIVER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

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FRONT ROYAL, June 7, 1862.

Major-General McDOWELL,

Washington:

General Ricketts informed me (8 p. m.) that he was advised verbally by Major-General Ord's aide that he (General Ord) had gone to Washington this evening; leaves General Ricketts in command. I think it right to inform you of it.

ED. SHCRIVER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

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CUMERLAND, June 7, 1862-9 p. m.

(Received 11 p. m.)

Hon EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

The following dispatch just received:

PETERSBURG, JUne 7, 1862.

General KELLEY:

I have just received the following viz:

"CAMP LOOKOUT, Near Petersburg, June 7, 1862-7 p. m.

"OFFICER COMMADNING POST AT PETERSBURG:

"SIR: You are hereby commanded to surrender the post with all camp equipage, arms, stores, &c., otherwise I will be compelled to shell the encampment.

"Respectfully,

"JUS. R. SCOTT,

"Colonel, Commanding Mountain Division, Partisan Rangers."

What shall we do?

C. W. SHEARER,

Commanding Post.

Have ordered Captain Shearer to defend himself at all hazards. Ordered the Sixty-sixth Ohio to move at once from Moorefield to the support of Petersburg. I have no troops here that can spared from the railroad to send to Petersburg. Can you send me two regiments and a battery from Washington or Baltimore? Trains will run down to Harper's Ferry to-morrow.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.