headquarters army of Virginia, Fairfax Court-House, September 1, 1862.General orders, No.--: The army corps of Heintzelman, Sigel, Sumner, Porter, and Reno, as soon after daylight as possible, will begin to draw slowly to their right in the direction of Fairfax Court-House, until they come closely in contact with each other. Major-Gen. Reno will follow as closely as possible the line of the old railroad now occupied by him, the others along the pike. He will notify those in his rear of his exact position, and every step of his movements, and will ask support if he needs it. They will not be more than half a mile in rear of him. If any severe engagement should occur at any point of the line, the army corps commanders nearest on the right and left will immediately send forward a staff officer to report to the General commanding the troops of the attack, and to notify him that they stand ready to support him if he needs it. For the present, the general headquarters will be established at Fairfax Court-House. By command of Major-Gen. Pope. (Signed)
headquarters army of Virginia, Centreville, September 1, 1862, 2 P. M.Col. Torbert: Send back word immediately to Alexandria to hurry up Couch's division, and all their troops coming from Washington to Germantown. They must be at Germantown as early this afternoon as possible — certainly to-night. They must take up strong position there. There is no doubt the enemy is approaching you. Hold on to your position to the last. The whole army is on the move to join you. By command of Major-Gen. Pope. (Signed)
Fairfax Court-House, September 2, 1862.Major-Gen. Halleck, Washington: As I expected, the enemy last evening attacked my right furiously in the direction of Fairfax Court-House, but were repulsed with heavy loss. Our loss was also severe, Generals Stevens being killed and Kearny missing. The enemy has not renewed the attack this morning, but is undoubtedly again beating around to the north-east. Your telegram of this date is just received, and its provisions will be carried out at once. (Signed)
headquarters army of Virginia, Fairfax Court-House, September 2, 1862.[Circular.] The following movement of troops will at once be made, in accordance with the instruction from the War Department, namely: 1. Banks's corps will march by the Braddock road and Annandale, and take post at or near Fort North. 2. The corps of Franklin and Hooker will pursue the Little River pike toward Alexandria. 3. Heintzelman's corps, the Braddock road toward Fort Lyon. 4. McDowell's corps, the road by Fall's Church, Little River, and Columbia pike toward Fort Craig and Tillinghast. The corps of Porter, Sumner, and Sigel, via Vienna, toward the Chain Bridge. These three latter corps will keep well closed up, and within easy supporting distance of each other. The cavalry under Gen. Buford will follow and cover the march of the three corps of Porter, Sumner, and Sigel; and Bayard the troops marching on the road south of it. Sumner will bring up the rear on the route he is ordered to pursue. Hooker will cover the rear on the Little River pike, and Banks the rear on the Braddock road. Gen. Banks will call in the forces from Sangster's and Fairfax stations, and will break up the depot at the latter place, shipping all stores by rail to Alexandria. The wagon-trains, except such as are in immediate use by the corps, will pursue the Little River pike to Alexandria. The commanding officers of corps will send forward a capable officer to Alexandria to take charge of their respective trains, and will conduct them to the headquarters of their respective corps. The Medical Director will take immediate steps to have all the sick and wounded carried back to Alexandria. Gen. Reno will take up the line of march immediately, by the Little River turnpike to Alexandria. The commanders of these various army corps will send forward, several hours in advance, staff-officers to notify Gen. McClellan of their approach to the points which they are to occupy. By order of Major-Gen. Pope.
headquarters army of Virginia, Fairfax, Sept. 2, 1862.Major-General Halleck: The whole army is returning in good order, without confusion or the slightest loss of property. The enemy has made no advances this morning, owing no doubt to his severe loss last evening. Three army corps pursue the route via Vienna to Chain Bridge, covered by all the effective cavalry. Ten corps by the Braddock road. These last corps are ordered to break up the depot at Fairfax station, call in the troops from Sangster's and elsewhere on the railroad, and to move back to Alexandria. Our whole wagon-train is far in advance of us toward the same place. Our whole force is less than sixty thousand men. Every thing is being safely moved back to the intrenchments. When the stragglers can be assembled our force will be largely increased. I shall leave here with the last and encamp to-night near Ball's Cross-Roads. (Signed)