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of them, and also as it may, perhaps, account for the enemy's column supposed to have been seen yesterday morning approaching Chambersburg. I directed that the trains should be turned over to the quartermaster at Chambersburg. Can you ascertain for me what has become of them?

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

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HARRISBURG, June 16, 1863-3. 45 a. m.

(Received 8. 30 a. m)

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

Dispatch received. No later news of the enemy than 10 last evening, when they were at Chambersburg. No State troops at this point.

D. N. COUCH,

Major-General.

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HARRISBURG, PA., June 16, 1863- 9 a. m.

Major-General SCHENCK:

Your dispatch received. I telegraph, the same as twice previously, that the enemy, according to the best of my belief, held Chambersburg last night.

D. N. COUCH,

Major-General.

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HARRISBURG, PA., June 16, 1863.

(Received 10 a. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

Has the artillery been sent? If so, by want route, and when? It will be needed here to-night to defend the passing of the Susquehanna by the enemy. No time should be lost in sending artillery and some organized forces.

THOMAS A. SCOTT.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE SUSQUEHANNA,

June 16, 1863.

Numbers 4.

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III. Colonel Emlen Franklin is placed in charge of the defense of the

fords and bridges below Columbia, Pa., on the Susquehanna River. He will cause all canal-boats which can be used by the enemy to be brought to the north side of the river, and other directions that may give for the defense of the State, and the public security of its citizens, will be obeyed.

IV. Lieutenant-Colonel [Charles F.] Ruff, U. S. Army, is hereby directed to take charge of the organization and disposition of all troops raised in Philadelphia, under the proclamation of the President and of His Excellency Governor A. G. Curtin.

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By command of Major General D. N. Couch:

JNO. S. SCHULTZE,

Captain, and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.