start to-day on account of the gale. Batteries are loading rapidly, but the schooners and small steamers must be kept in this harbor until the storm abates.
C. G. SAWTELLE,
Captain and Assistant Quartermaster.
WASHINGTON, D. C., August 24, 1862-11.09 a. M.
Captain C. B. FERGUSON,
Assistant Quartermaster, Alexandria, Va.:
There will arrive at Alexandria to-day by water sixty tons ammunition, which it is important should be sent forward immediately to General Pope's army. Please see that it goes forward without delay.
D. H. RUCKER,
Colonel and Quartermaster.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
Aquia, August 24, 1862-6 a. M.
I have just reported to Halleck for orders.* What news have you? Come down and see me on the steamer City of Hudson. I remain here until I receive orders from Halleck.
G. B. McCLELLAN,
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
Falmouth, Va., August 24, 1862.
Generals MORELL AND SYKES:
Hold your present positions and keep a bright lookout at the fords and toward Rappahannock Station. Resist crossings, and if enemy succeeds in large force and presses, retire slowly this way. Keep me informed.
F. J. PORTER,
General Parke is requested to push this to Sykes and Morell, and tell Sykes the intelligence from Rappahannock Station.
F. J. P.
GENERAL: I have read this and shall hold on at Deep Run. Can't you send me a platoon or company of cavalry? I want them for the side roads.
HEADQUARTERS EIGHTH ARMY CORPS,
Baltimore, August 24, 1862.
His Excellency E. D. MORGAN,
Governor of New York, Albany, N. Y.:
SIR: The Seventh Regiment New York State Militia will leave this city on Thursday next for New York to be mustered out of service.
*See VOL. XI, Part I, p. 93.