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Ordered — By virtue of the authority vested by an act of Congress, the President takes military possession of all the railroads in the United States from and after this date until further orders, and directs that the respective railroad companies, their officers and servants, shall hold themselves in readiness for the transportation of troops and munitions of war, as may be ordered by the military authorities, to the exclusion of all other business.
The National forces under Gen. McDowell, advanced towards Richmond, and encamped on the Massaponax, six miles from Fredericksburgh.
The news of General Banks's defeat, and the sudden call of the Secretary of War upon the State militia, created the utmost excitement at the North, not only among the military themselves, but among the thousands connected with them.
The greatest enthusiasm and eagerness to march at once to any field of service named by the Government was every where apparent.
Great excitement existed in