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Commanders of army corps will see that this order is published immediately after the receipt at the head of every regiment in their command.

By command of Major-Gen. Pope. R. O. Selfridge, Asst.Adjt.-Gen.

Official: T. C. H. Smith, Lieut.-Col. and A. D.C.

First Army Corps,10,5509481,78018,208
Second Army Corps,13,3431,2244,10418,671
Third Army Corps,17,6049712,90421,479

Deduct Infantry Brigade stationed at Winchester,2,500 
Deduct Regiment and Battery at Front Royal,1,000 
Deduct Cavalry unfit for service,3,000--6,500
Total, 46,858

Note.--Instead of fourteen thousand five hundred men, Banks had only about eight thousand, from his report to me after the battle of Cedar Mountain. (See correspondence on the subject with Gen. Banks.)

I certify that this is a true copy of the consolidated morning report of the army of Virginia, dated July thirty-first, 1862, commanded by Major-Gen. Pope.

United States military telegraph, War Department, Washington, D. C., June 30, 1862. Middletown, June 30--1.10 P. M.
Time received: 1.45 P. M.

Major-General John Pope: . . . The troops forming First corps are not in good condition. They are weakened and poorly provided. The organization is not complete, and the whole cavalry force consists of not more than eight hundred (800) effective men and horses. They are scarcely sufficient for picket and patrol duty, so that I can hardly make a reconnoissance. . .


F. Sigel, Major-General Commanding. A true copy: T. C. H. Smith, Lieut.-Col. and A. D.C.

Despatches and orders sent and received from August 8 to August 20, Inclusive.

headquarters army of Virginia, Culpeper Court-House, August 8, 1862.
Major-General Halleck, Washington: One division of the enemy, Elzey's, crossed the Rapidan to-day, at Barnett's Ford, about five miles west of the railroad-crossing, and rested at Robertson's River. This is probably a reconnoissance in force, but it may be possibly an advance upon Culpeper. One division of McDowell's and the whole of Banks's corps are here to-night. Sigel's will be here to-morrow morning, when I will push the enemy again behind the Rapidan, and take up a strong position, as you suggest in your despatch of this date. I will be very careful that my communications with Fredericksburgh are not interrupted. We captured to-day about forty prisoners from the enemy, our loss being one cavalry soldier killed and one wounded.

I have directed King to march to-morrow and cross the Rapidan on the plank-road at Germania Mills, or Ely's Ford, just below it. It is about thirty-five miles from Fredericksburgh to this point.


Jno. Pope, Major-General Commanding. A true copy: T. C. H. Smith, Lieut.-Col. and A. D.C.

headquarters army of Virginia, Culpeper Court-House, August 8, 1862.
General: The General Commanding directs me, in reply to your despatch of this date, fifty minutes past six P. M., inquiring what road you shall take, to say that you are to march direct to Culpeper Court-House, by the turnpike. He is surprised that you make this inquiry, after his definite instructions of this morning. He directs that you reach this point by twelve M. to-morrow.

With great respect, General, your obd't serv't,


T. C. H. Smith, Lieut.-Col. and A. D.C. Major-Gen. Sigel, Commanding First Army Corps. A true copy: T. C. H. Smith, Lieut.-Col. and A. D. C. Received at headquarters Second army corps, 8.40 A. M., ninth August.

Madison Court-House, August 8.
To Major-Gen. Banks: All of my force is withdrawn from Madison Court-House, and is in retreat toward Sperryville. The enemy is in force on both my right and left, and in my rear. I may be cut off.


John Buford, Brigadier-General. Received by signal, 8 A. M., Fairfax, Va. A true copy: T. C. H. Smith, Lieut.-Col. and A. D.C.

headquarters Third army corps, army of Virginia, Culpeper Court-House, August 9, 1862.
Major-General Pope, etc.--General: I have just received a letter from the colonel of the Rhode Island cavalry, who says: “All is quiet in front of us. The enemy is always before my videttes; on my left there is, perhaps, a regiment of rebel infantry. In a word, I do not believe the enemy to be in force in our front. Gen. Bayard has just ordered me to march to repulse the enemy.”

Very respectfully, General, your obedient servant.


Irwin McDowell, Major-General, commanding Third A. C.A. V. A true copy: T. C. H. Smith, Lieut.-Col. and A. D.C.

headquarters army of Virginia, Second corps, Two hours, 25 min., 9th August, 1862.
Major-Gen. Pope: Gen. Williams's division has taken position on the right of the pike, the right on a heavy body of woods. Gen. Augur on the left, his left resting on a mountain, occupied by his skirmishers. He will soon be in position. The enemy shows his cavalry (which is strong) ostentatiously. No infantry seen, and not much artillery. Woods on left said to be full of troops. A visit to the front does not impress that the enemy intends immediate attack. He seems, how ever, to be taking positions.


N. P. Banks. A true copy: T. C. H. Smith, Lieut.-Col. and A. D.C.

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