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Ewell's force, from what I hear. I have parties now out, gaining information. My own infantry, and Russell's and Ames', is in good order at Bealeton, with strong picket at he bridge.

A. PLEASONTON,

Brigadier-General.

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HEADQUARTERS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Camp near Falmouth,

June 11, 1863.

General O. O. HOWARD,

Commanding Eleventh Corps:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs that you at once relieve the pickets of the Third Army Corps to Order's blacksmith shop, and their railroad guard to Stoneman's Switch, meeting the Second Corps at those points. You will also take charge of, and be held responsible for, the defensive works at Potomac Creek Bridge, and the bridge itself. The Third Corps is ordered to Bealeton.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. WILLIAMS

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 11, 1863.

Major-General MEADE:

GENERAL: What information has been reported to-day concerning the strength of the enemy's forces at Banks' Ford? What number of men does he keep on picket during the day and night? Please advise me. The Third Corps in on route to picket the river on your right, in order to relieve Pleasonton's cavalry, for which he has use.

HOOKER,

Major-General.

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HEADQUARTERS, FIFTH CORPS,

June 11, 1863-5. 30 p. m.

Major-General HOOKER:

Reports from Banks' Ford indicate no changes. The enemy does not display his force, and keeps only small pickets at the water's edge. I will send to inquire if anything can be ascertained. At last accounts Wilcox's brigade was there. It is very difficult to ascertain anything of the enemy's movements from this side, as he keeps his forces concealed.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

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HEADQUARTERS, FIRST BRIGADE, Banks' Ford,

June 11, 1863.

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

GENERAL: In reply to your note, I have the honor to report that the enemy have about 100 men on picket, about 200 in support, be-