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Statement of the comparative strength of the Army of the Potomac on the 1st day of April, 1862, and the 20th day of June, 1862.

Aggregate Aggrega Aggrega Total

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duty, present

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On the 1st day of 136,444 8,848 13,127 158,419

April, 1862

On the 20th day of 115,102 12,225 29,511 156,838

June, 1862

Difference: {Loss 21,342 --- --- 1,581

{Gain --- 3,377 16,384 ---

ADJUTANT-GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, D. C., December 31, 1862.

It is hereby certified that the preceding statement is accurately compiled from the morning report of the Army of the Potomac of the 1st day of April and the 20th day of June, 1862, signed by Major-General McClellan and his assistant adjutant-general, Seth Williams, and now on file in this office.*

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ORDNANCE OFFICE,

Washington, June 21, 1862-11.10 a.m.

General GEORGE B. McCLELLAN,

Army of the Potomac, near Richmond, Va.:

My attention has been called by the Secretary of War to the defective nature of the time fuses used with your 20-pounders. As all the paper time fuses used with the Army of the Potomac are made and carefully tested at the Washington Arsenal, I am at a loss to understand the nature of the defects referred to. Be pleased to state all the circumstances of the failure, so that I may act understandingly, and I will use every means in my power to correct it.

Mr. Schenkl is pushing work on the 20-pounder projectiles. The preparation of machinery will necessarily delay their delivery some days. I have this day ordered him to send you 5,000 30-pounder projectiles with all possible dispatch.

JAS. W. RIPLEY,

Brigadier-General.

McCLELLAN'S, June 21, 1862-2 p.m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary or War:

I would respectfully request that no persons be permitted to visit White House or the corps of this army except upon strictly military duty. All the means of railway transportation are required to supply

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*See also Series I, Vol. V, p.13.

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