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HEADQUARTERS

CONTRABANDS
Report #1

LETTERS, REPORTS AND ORDERS
(Complete and Excerpts)
 

SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. 128 Volumes. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901. 



WAR DEPARTMENT,
Washington City, D.C., October 13, 1862.

Brigadier-General TUTTLE,

Cairo:

You will please send no more contrabands or colored persons to Illinois until further order.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.


 

FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE, October 27, 1862.
Generals BANKS and HEINTZELMAN:
Scouts sent out to Aldie yesterday returned this morning and confirm reports brought in by contrabands that Longstreet arrived with his force at Upperville on Friday and was there on Saturday, a small force being at Middleburg. The inhabitants also confirm the rumor. Shall send out scout to-day.
F. SIGEL.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
October 31, 1862--7 p.m. (Received 12 p.m.)
His Excellency the PRESIDENT:
Two contrabands, who came into Harper's Ferry yesterday, report that Jackson's and Longstreet's forces were, the day previous, encamped between Charlestown and Berryville.
GEO. B. McCLELLAN,
Major-general, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TWELFTH CORPS,
Harper's Ferry, W. Va., November 30, 1862.
Maj. Gen. H. W. HALLECK, General-in-Chief:

The pickets of the enemy in our front have disappeared again. Scouts report that Jackson has left the valley; that he passed through Strasburg last Wednesday, and is moving toward Staunton. Four contrabands came in this morning, and make the same report.

H. W. SLOCUM,

Major-General.


CANE HILL, ARK., December 2, 1862.

Two contrabands arrived to-day from Van Buren, who state that Hindman, with 12,000 infantry, crossed the Arkansas River from the south Tuesday last, for the purpose of moving up to re-enforce Marmaduke, but have now all gone back to their hole.

JAS. O. BLUNT,

Brigadier-General.

Maj. Gen. SAMUEL R. CURTIS.


HEADQUARTERS RIGHT WING,
December 27, 1862--3 p.m.

[General THOMAS :]
GENERAL: Your note this moment received. Sheridan says he has a trusty man named Lane, who lives at Lane's store. His brother-in-law is a conscript in Douglass' cavalry, and under Wheeler. He carried a dispatch to General Bragg last night, who was at Murfreesborough last night. I will soon have a report from my front, which will enable me to judge which road they have taken. Contrabands say that the army is leaving Murfreesborough. My losses are few. Wood's brigade contested the crossing at Triune stubbornly. They have destroyed the bridge here.
A. McD. McCOOK,
Major-General, Commanding.
P. S.--The conscript referred to is in camp.

 
CINCINNATI, April 26, 1863.
General BOYLE, Louisville, Ky.:
Please hurry up the telegraph report from Columbia as to the whereabouts of Jacob. I am anxious to let Carter know if he can cross at Jamestown or Creelsborough. Give also as early report as possible of the position of Graham. Carter will cross at daylight to-morrow morning. I understand that quite a number of contrabands are to be sold at La Grange in a day or two. Please take quiet measures to stop it until my order obtains publicity; it will be published in to-morrow morning's papers.
A. E. BURNSIDE,
Major-general.

 
SUFFOLK, VA.,
May 1, 1863.
General D. BUTTERFIELD,
Army of the Potomac:
There may be portions of Longstreet's troops with your opponents. If so, they are the first installments. Deserters and contrabands who came in yesterday from Hood's and Pickett's divisions agree in all points with others that have fallen into our hands. The pickets of Corse, Garnett, and Law are on all the roads now. There have been heavy rains here for a few days. Longstreet had two railroads in about 16 miles of his line.
JOHN J. PECK,
Major-General.
(Sent by General Butterfield to General Hooker, 11.45 p.m.)


GRINDSTONE FORD, MISS.,
May 3, 1863--6.55 a.m.
Maj. Gen. JOHN A. MCCLERNAND, Comdg. Thirteenth Army Corps:
By working all night, the bridge at this crossing was got ready for the troops at sunrise. Before one brigade had finished crossing, the enemy opened on the head of the column with artillery. It is also stated by contrabands that the enemy were re-enforced during the night.

U. S. GRANT.
CAVALRY HDQRS., NEAR RAPPAHANNOCK STATION, VA.,
June 9, 1863--8 p.m.
I also received information from letters and official reports captured in the enemy's camp, as well as from prisoners, that the enemy-had upward of 12,000 cavalry (which was double my own force of cavalry)and twenty-five pieces of artillery. I also learned from contrabands and prisoners that a large force of infantry had been sent for from Culpeper as well as Longstreet's command at Ellis' Ford. And having crippled the enemy by desperate fighting so that he could not follow me, I returned with my command to the north side of the Rappahannock. Gregg's command crossed at Rappahannock Bridge.
A. PLEASONTON,
Brigadier-General.
Major-General HOOKER,
Commanding Army of the Potomac.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,
June 10, 1863--10.45 p.m.
Major-General BUTTERFIELD,
Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:
Some of the contrabands state it was talked among the rebels of throwing their force over at Kelly's Ford, and getting in between what they suppose the two wings of our army. I am satisfied the enemy have a strong infantry force at Culpeper. I am also satisfied their cavalry was crippled yesterday, while mine was not. Have all my dismounted men at Potomac Creek mounted as soon as possible; also the dismounted regulars.
A. PLEASONTON,
Brigadier-General, Commanding.

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