earnestly urge them to respond to the call of the General Government, and promptly fill the ranks of these corps, the duties of which will be mainly the defense of our own homes, firesides, and property from devastation. Given under my hand and the great seal of the State, at Harrisburg, this twelfth day of June, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Commonwealth the eighty-seventh.
A. G. CURTIN.
By the Governor:
[SEAL.] ELI SLIFER,
Secretary of the Commonwealth.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,
June 13, 1863-8 a. m.
Commanding Army of the Potomac:
Mr. Smith reports this morning that Ewell left Culpeper last Sunday morning, 7th, and Longstreet on Monday and Tuesday, for the Valley. Have parties over the river, and expect to know more to-day. Would it not be well for General Stahel to send out toward the Valley and see?
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
June 13, 1863-9 a. m.
Ascertain speedily which road the troops passing through Culpeper took-Sperryville, Madison, or Chester Gap. Can you push a light reconnaissance or scout to Sperryville?
[P. S.]- It is important to know the truth of Contraband's story. Was it same one McEntee telegraphed to Sharpe?*
June 13, 1863-11. 10 a. m.
Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR:
Your dispatch duly received. I shall not fail to give my aid in carrying out your wishes for the general service. A work should at once be thrown up opposite Harrisburg, to receive artillery. Can I order the quartermaster to hire men for the purpose? I shall send for your approval to-day a requisition upon the Ordinance Department, to place at my disposal, to be drawn as I need, 10, 000 rifles and equipments, and 1, 000, 000 rounds ammunition.
D. N. COUCH,
* See telegram of McEntee to Sharpe, June 11, 1863, p. 67.