Colonel E. D. Townsend:
[Cincinnati, June 19, 1861]
I learn that the enemy is in front of Piedmont in force; also moving on Grafton and Clarsburg from Beverly. Will go in person to take command to-day with five additional regiments, one battery, two companies cavalry. Movement on Grafton appears more important than that in valley of Kanawha. Had arranged to reach Kanawha to-morrow. Will now defer it until ceratin bridge burned eight miles east of Piedmont. Patterson better re-enforce Cumberland at once.
GEO. B. McClellan,
Major-General, U.S. Army
The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series I, Vol. II. With additions and corrections. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1902.