Captain Cole or Captain Means was killed. Yesterday afternoon during the rai storm a rebel force of twenty-five men dashed on a mounted picket of mine about two miles from here and captured, whilst dismounted and in houses, a non-commissioned officer and five privates.
D. S. MILES,
Colonel Second Infantry.
HDQRS. DEFENSES OF WASHINGTON, Numbers 6.
Washington, September 2, 1862.
The command of the fortifications of Washington and of the troops assigned to the defenses having been assumed by Major-General McClellan, the commanding officers of the troops within this command will receive their orders from and report to him through the usual channels.
By command of Brigadier-General Barnard:
J. BRICE SMITH,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
September 3, 1862-12 m.
Major General D. N. COUCH,
General McClellan is going to Alexandria at once. Please leave word at the telegraph office where you can be found.
A. V. COLBURN,
September 3, 1862-12.20 p. M.
General A. E. BURNSIDE,
General McClellan desires to know when he may expect you or any portion of your command. The general wishes you to report to him by telegraph at this place immediately on reaching Alexandria.*
HDQRS. FIRST AND SECOND DIVS., NINTH ARMY CORPS,
Near Alexandria, September 3, 1862.
COMMANDING OFFICER OF CONFEDERATE TROOPS AT OR NEAR CHANTILLY:
SIR: I have just received information through Chaplain Ball, of Twenty-first Massachusetts Volunteers, that about 250 of our wounded are now lying upon the battle-field of 1st instant entirely destitute of medical attendance and provisions. I therefore respectfully request your permission to send forward, under flag of truce, Chaplain Ball and the medical director of this command, with the necessary medical stores and provisions for the comfort of these wounded, and to bring away such of them as are able to be removed.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. L. RENO,
*For reply, see dispatch of 1 p. M., VOL. XIX, Part II, p. 170.