War of the Rebellion: Serial 040 Page 0118 N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XXXVII.

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and along Bull Run Mountains, such as we have before reported. The First Michigan Cavalry, returned just now (2 o'clock) from a scout in front, report that, from smoke and fires observed in the same localities, there is a force there. Are our troops in front? For we fear a conflict with them.

All is quiet within range of our guns.

ALEX. HAYS,

Brigadier-General.

UNION MILLS, VA.,

March 2, 1863.

Captain C. H. POTTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Dept. of Washington:

I have asked for information, which has since been answered thus:

The body of ours was driven into Centreville by the enemy's cavalry from Aldie this day. It is now reported that a force is passing along our front at Yates' Ford, 2 miles below this place. All apparently quiet otherwise, but we are on the alert.

ALEX. HAYS,

Brigadier-General.

CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, VA.,

March 3, 1863.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

Commander-in-Chief:

The field return for February 28, of the troops sent to replace the Pennsylvania Reserves, exhibits the following discrepancy in numbers, viz:

For duty Extra duty

Officers Men Officers Men

Sent as per field

return,

Pennsylvania

Reserves, January

29, 1863 153 3,516 24 477

Received as per

field return, One

hundred and thirty-fifth, One hundred

and forty-third,

One hundred and

forty-ninth, One

hundred and

fiftieth, One

hundred and fifty-first Pennsylvania

Volunteers,

February 28, 1863.

153 2,549 5 249

Aggregate of each

class sent from

here in excess of

those returned ....... 967 19 228

Sick and under arrest

Officers Men Aggregate

Sent as per field

return, Pennsylvania

Reserves, January 29,

1863 21 330 4,521

Received as per field

return, One hundred

and thirty-fifth, One

hundred and forty-third, One hundred and

forty-ninth, One

hundred and fiftieth,

One hundred and fifty-first Pennsylvania

Volunteers, February

28, 1863.

11 321 3,288

Aggregate of each

class sent from here

in excess of those

returned 10 9 1,233

The extra-duty men of the Pennsylvania Reserves have all been sent to join their command, with General Heintzelman. I have to request that two regiments, of an aggregate strength of 1,233 officers and men, may be sent to me to make up this deficiency. The absentees from the Pennsylvania Reserves that will undoubtedly soon rejoin their commands are so much in excess of those from the regiments sent here that 1,500 officers and men would not more than make the exchange equal.

Very respectfully, &c.,

JOSEPH HOOKER,

Major-General, Commanding.