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positive information can be obtained, it will be forwarded. The general tenor of the statements received make it appear that Jackson's corps is left to guard the passage of the river. Ranson's division, of Longstreet's corps, is one mentioned as gone to Tennessee or South Carolina. Pickett's division is one gone to Charleston; commencing their departure February 17. I shall probably gain more information before night.

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 25, 1863. (Received 5 p.m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

From information which I cannot discredit, General Jackson, with his whole command, was yesterday across the Rappahannock from me. His corps was visible from the balloon this morning.

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 25, 1863-6.30 p.m. (Received 7 p.m.)

Major-General HEINTZELMAN,

Headquarters Defenses:

A large cavalry force has made its appearance in front of our right, said now to be moving toward Stafford Court-House. We send out up the river to try and get between them and the Rappahannock. Can you send out from Catlett's and Rappahannock Stations to intercept them if they move that way? Answer, and advise me what you can and will do.

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General, Commanding.

CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, VA.,

February 25, 1863.

Major General S. P. HEINTZELMAN,

Commanding Defenses of Washington:

I have the honor to inclose for your information, by direction of the commanding general, copy of letter to Brigadier-General Doubleday, together with his reply, on the subject of the removal of the Pennsylvania Reserves from this army to your department.*

Very respectfully, &c.,

JOS. DICKINSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST CAVALRY BRIGADE,

Camp near Hope Landing, February 25, 1863.

Major MARKELL,

Commanding Pickets, First Cavalry Brigade:

MAJOR: General Stoneman reports that the enemy are moving in force in the direction of Stafford Court-House. Notify your pickets,

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* See these letters, pp.87, 90.

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