War of the Rebellion: Serial 045 Page 0132 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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HARRISBURG, June 15, 1863-10 p. m.

(Received 11. 40 p. m)

Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR:

Your dispatches received. I request authority to draw from Philadelphia camp and garrison equipage, perhaps shelter tents instead of common ones, for 10, 000 men; also 10, 000 rifles, with full equipments for same; also 2, 000, 000 rounds small-arms ammunition. You may be well assured that I only ask for and call for what I want. I will endeavor to meet any exigency that may arise.

D. N. COUCH,

Major-General.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE SUSQUEHANNA,

Numbers 3.

June 15, 1863.

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V. Captain C. C. Haldeman, of Columbia County, Pa., is hereby

authorized to raise troops, and assume command of the same, for the defense of Columbia, and the bridges, dams, and fords on the Susquehanna River in the vicinity.

By command of Major General D. N. Couch:

JNO. S. SCHULTZE,

Captain, and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MONONGAHELA,

June 15, 1863.

Major-General SCHENCK,

Commanding, Baltimore:

Will you not be good enough to inform me of the location of the troops of your department in West Virginia, especially of those that may be considered as covering Wheeling? The Governor of [West] Virginia telegraphs there is a force of the enemy at Charleston.

W. T. H. BROOKS,

Major-General.

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BALTIMORE, June 15, 1863.

Major-General BROOKS,

Comdg. Dept. of the Monongahela, Pittsburgh, Pa.:

I have ordered all the troops I have on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and also those of Brigadier-General Averell's brigade south of the road, to concentrate, as far as practicable, under General Kelley's command, at New Creek, or some other point on the road, at his discretion, where he can best prevent the rebel force from going westward. General Averell has been ordered to Grafton, in pursuance of this plan. I can hear of no rebel force now in West Virginia. If Governor Peirpoint means Charleston, on the Kanawha, he is mistaken. General Scammon, of my command, has HEADQUARTERS there, and all is quiet in that region. The enemy got possession of Martinsburg this morning, but I hold