Reply of the Secretary of War to resolution of House of Representatives.
OCTOBER 21-24, 1861.---Operations on the Potomac near Leesburg, Va., including engagement at Ball's Bluff (21st)and action (22d) near Edwards Ferry.
O.R.-- SERIES I--VOLUME 5 [S# 5]

WAR DEPARTMENT,
Washington, December 12, 1861.

Hon. G. A. GROW,
Speaker House of Representatives.

        SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of a resolution of the House of Representatives calling for certain information with regard to the disastrous movement of our troops at Ball's Bluff, and to transmit to you a report of the Adjutant-General General of the U.S. Army,' from which you will perceive that a compliance with the resolution at this time would, in the opinion of the General-in-Chief, be injurious to the public service.

Very respectfully,
SIMON CAMERON,
Secretary of War.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY,
ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, December 11, 1861.

Hon. SECRETARY OF WAR,
Washington.

        SIR: In compliance with your instructions I have the honor to report, in reference to the resolution of the honorable the House of Representatives, received the 3d instant, "That the Secretary of War be requested, if not incompatible with the public interest, to report to this House whether any, and if any, what measures have been taken to ascertain who is responsible for the disastrous movement of our troops at Ball's Bluff," that the General-in-Chief of the Army is of opinion an inquiry on the subject of the resolution would at this time be injurious to the public service.

The resolution is herewith respectfully returned.

Respectfully submitted.
L. THOMAS,
Adjutant-General.

Source:  Official Records of the War of the Rebellion

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