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FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE,

June 7, 1863-8. 30 p. m.

Lieutenant Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,

Chief of Staff, and A. A. G., Dept. of Washington:

I shall start to-morrow morning at 3 o'clock. My whole command will number between 1, 600 and 1, 700 men and one battery, including the whole of my available force here and on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad.

Respectfully,

JUL. STAHEL,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON,

June 7, 1863-5. 30 p. m.

Commanding Officer at Fairfax Station:

SIR: The major-general commanding directs that you send a regiment, to reach early to-morrow morning Fairfax Court-House, to take charge of and hold that place during the temporary absence of Major-General Stahel. You will report the time of your arrival by telegraph to these headquarters, and this evening notify Brigadier-General Crawford of your orders.

J. H. TAYLOR,

Chief of Staff.

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BALTIMORE, MD.,

June 7, 1863.

Major-General HEINTZELMAN,

Washington, D. C.:

Through what Gap in the Blue Ridge will General Stahel's cavalry pass to the Shenandoah Valley, and at what time? If he can go through Thornton's Gap, by Luray, to New Market, and thence down toward Winchester, Milroy shall co operate with him. Please answer as soon as possible.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General.

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BALTIMORE, MD.,

June 7, 1863.

Major-General MILROY,

Winchester, Va.:

I am telegraphed from General Heintzelman that General Stahel's cavalry will pass through Front Royal, but that no co-operation is necessary, as the cavalry is merely sent for a reconnaissance. By Front Royal, I suppose they mean Chester Gap. You may, if you think proper, send up the Valley at the same time as far as Strasburg. They do not answer as to time, but if you conclude to send an expedition, it should, perhaps, be to-morrow. Let me know, and I will inform them.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General, Commanding.