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diately move on Williamsport. Should the enemy succeed in crossing the river before I can reach him, I should like to have your views of subsequent operations-whether to follow up the army in the Valley, or cross below and nearer Washington.



4 P. M.



[P. S.]-An officer of the cavalry from the front reports the enemy's army as occupying Hagerstown and Williamsport, and guarding their artillery and trains, which they cannot cross. So soon as my command is supplied and their trains up, I shall move.


WASHINGTON, D. C., July 7, 1863-3 p. m.

Major General GEORGE G. MEADE,

Army of the Potomac:

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that you have been appointed a brigadier-general in the Regular Army, to rank from July 3, the date your brilliant victory at Gettysburg.



FREDERICK, MD., July 7, 1863-4 p. m.

(Received 5 p. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,


Maryland Heights are at present occupied by Kenly's brigade, 1, 700 men. Three thousand additional men and two batteries of artillery left here this morning for that place. No indications of the enemy this side of Williamsport and Hagerstown. The bridge at Harper's Ferry was rendered impassable at both sides by General French.



WASHINGTON, D. C., July 7, 1863-8. 45 p. m.

Major-General MEADE,

Frederick, Md.:

You have given the enemy a stunning blow at Gettysburg. Follow it up, and give him another before he can reach the Potomac.