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BALTIMORE, June 15, 1863.

R. F. WEIR,

Asst. Surg., in Charge of Hospital at Frederick, Md.:

Get away all the stores that you can. Avoid panic. What you cannot get away, prepare for destruction, and, when perfectly sure that the enemy is at hand, destroy them. We have no clear evidence yet that any of the enemy has reached Hagerstown or is moving toward Frederick. We will send assistance, if possible.

By order:

DONN PIATT,

Chief of Staff.

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HARRISBURG, June 15, 1863-9. 12 a. m.

Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR:

All is being done that is in our power to resist the invasion, but, as matters look now, all south of the Susquehanna will be swept. Orders are being sent north to run out all horses. &c.

D. N. COUCH,

Major-General.

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BALTIMORE AND OHIO RAILROAD DEPOT,

Washington, June 15, 1863. (Received 10, 20 a. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

If you could send to Harrisburg four or five organized and equipped batteries for General Couch, they would be of great service, and give much confidence to new men coming in. Please see if they cannot be spared and forwarded at once.

THOMAS A. SCOTT.

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BALTIMORE, MD., June 15, 1863.

(Copy received, War Department, 11 a. m.)

Major-General COUCH,

Harrisburg:

We have evacuated Martinsburg, and withdrawn troops to Maryland Heights. General Milroy holds out yet at Winchester. We also hold the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad west of Martinsburg. Enemy occupied Martinsburg this morning. You should look out in that direction.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General.

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WAR DEPARTMENT, June 15, 1863-12. 15 p. m.

Major-General COUCH,

Harrisburg:

One battery will be sent to-day from Washington to Harrisburg. Three others will go to-morrow. Another will be forwarded from Governor's Island. Where will you have them sent?

EDWIN M. STATION,

Secretary of War.

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