Shall I direct this movement? I am inclined to consent to it. It is a bold, but I believe would be an effective and successful, movement. General Elliott has four regiments of infantry, two of cavalry, and one or two batteries.
ROBT. C. SCHENCK,
Major- General, commanding. -
BALTIMORE, MD; June 11, 1863.
Major General HALLECK, General-in Chief:
The following just received from Lieutenant- Colonel Piatt, assistant inspector-general, whom I sent with General Tiler to Winchester:
Winchester, Va., June 11, 1863- 12 m.
Major- General Schenck:
Just in from inspection of fortifications and troops. All looks fine. Can whip anything the rebels can fetch here.
Lieutenant- Colonel, and Chief of Staff.
Your instructions to-day in regard to withdrawing troops from Winchester and concentrating at Harper's Ferry have been received, and I have given directions to be ready and carry them out.
ROBT. C SCHENCK,
BALTIMORE, MD., June 13, 1863. Colonel PIATT, Harper's Ferry:
Instruct General Milroy to use great caution, risking nothing unnecessarily, and to be prepared for falling back in good order if overmatched. i rely on your having support afforded him as far as may be practicable. In the meantime, go on with your concentration of forces. Keep me advised of what is needed . What movement has been made from Romney b?
ROBT. C. SCHENCK,
Major-General . -
HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, Washington, D. C., June 14, 1863.
Major-General SCHENCK, Baltimore:
If you have not executed my orders to concentrate your forces at Harper's Ferry, you will do so immediately. Troops, stores, &c., should be carried west the moment danger approaches. Unless there is a more prompt obedience of orders, there must be a change in the commanders . See to this immediately.
H. W. HALLECK,