Colonel John H. McCunn, 37th New York Infantry, and Colonel Dwight A. Woodbury, 4th Michigan Infantry, Communicate with McDowell and Army HQ

8 11 2020

CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN MARYLAND, PENNSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA, AND WEST VIRGINIA FROM APRIL 16 TO JULY 31, 1861

CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. – UNION

O. R. – Series I – VOLUME 2 [S #2] CHAPTER IX, p. 748

Fairfax, July 21, 1861.

General McDowell:

I have learned from my scouts that large trees are felled across the turnpike on road from here to Alexandria. Things are looking ugly here.

McCUNN.


Fairfax Court-House, July 21,1861—9.10 p. m.

Col. E. D. Townsend:

We are reliably informed that the enemy’s cavalry will attack us on the left to-night.

Send instructions.

D. A. WOODBURY,
Colonel, Commanding [Fourth Michigan Infantry].


Fairfax Station, July 21,1861—11.5.

Lieutenant-General Scott:

Orders have arrived that no more regiments are to come here from Alexandria to-night.

I have placed myself in best position. Have removed obstructions of slide from railroad track.

I have no communication from General McDowell.

I am guarding the roads lest a surprise.

Colonel Woodbury telegraphed me that he expects an attack from cavalry. What shall I do?

McCUNN,
Thirty-Seventh New York Volunteers.


Washington, July 21,1861—11.45 p. m.

Colonel McCunn, Fairfax Station:

General McDowell is at Fairfax Court-House, where he will try to make a stand. Communicate with him there, and also let Colonel Woodbury know.

WINFIELD SCOTT.


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