June 15th Letter from Maj. Gen. Robert Patterson

Chambersburg, Pa., June 15, 1861.

General GEO. B. MCCLELLAN, Commanding, Cincinnati, Ohio:

Colonel Wallace is threatened between Grafton and Cumberland by three thousand rebels, and asked for aid (artillery, infantry, and ammunition) from General Morris, which was declined. If possible, assistance will go from Hagerstown, but I may be able only to hold my own for a few days, fearing to be cut up in detail. The destruction of Harper’s Ferry is a decoy, I fear. I have ordered him, if hard pressed, to come this way or to return towards Bedford. The force of enemy at Harper’s Ferry exceeds mine at Hagerstown. Do not know the kind of arms Wallace has.

Major-General, Commanding.


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.