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MOUTH OF THE MONOCACY, MD.,

October 12, 1862-8.30 a. m.

Brigadier Gen R. B. MARCY,

Chief of General McClellan's Staff:

Have crossed the Monocacy at its mouth. Hear nothing of the rebels.

Have sent out scouts in the direction of Barnesville, Poolesville, and at the lower fords. My command is pretty well used up, having marched over 70 miles in the last twenty-four hours. If Stuart takes back track, shall not be able to follow him, but will do all I can. The Sixth Cavalry has not reported to me.

A. PLEASONTON,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 12, 1862-4.30 a. m.

Brigadier-General STONEMAN, Poolesville:

The following dispatch just received:

MECHANICSTOWN, 12.30 a. m.

Have just heard that the rebels passed down through a small town called Middletown, 5 or 6 miles east of this, about one hour ago, so they said. They were traveling at a trot, and were evidently making for the Potomac, to cross. I shall start at once for Frederick, and expect to hear from then at that point. They are making for other Noland's or Hauling's Crossing, at the mouth of the Monocacy.

A. PLEASONTON,

Brigadier-General.

GEO. D. RUGGLES,

Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 12, 1862-9 a. m.

General STONEMAN, Poolesville:

Colonel Allen, First Maine Cavalry, commanding at Frederick, reports by telegraph just received (supposed to have been sent about 8.30 this morning) that Stuart passed through Urbana two hours before.

GEO D. RUGGLES,

Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

OCTOBER 12, 1862-9 a. m.

(Received 10.15 a. m.)

General MARCY:

Your telegram of 2.45 and 4.30 a. m. this moment received, their delay owing to the line not working. I have started all the force at my disposal for the mouth of the mouth of the Monocacy a nd vicinity.

GEORGE STONEMAN,

Brigadier-General.

POOLESVILLE, MD., October 12, 1862-12.20.

General MARCY:

The enemy is scattered over the country between here and Point of

Rocks. My whole force is in pursuit of them, and trying to prevent their