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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE MONONGAHELA,

June 17, 1863.

Major-General COUCH,

Harrisburg, or Chambersburg:

It is important that men should be posted in Somerset County and the mountain east. All in your department to notify us of the approach of the enemy in that direction; also to obstruct the roads crossing the mountain. I have sent parties for this purpose. Will it interfere with any of your arrangements? Is there anything reliable this morning of the enemy's movements?

T. H. BROOKS,

Major-General.

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WASHINGTON, D. C.,

June 17, 1863.

Major-General SANDFORD:

I am directed by the Secretary of War to answer your telegram of yesterday, and to say that each case will be decided as it arises, when a brigade is ready, you naming the brigade and brigade commander.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

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ASTOR HOUSE, N. Y., June 17, 1863.

(Received 8. 40 p. m.)

Major-General HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

I have organized two brigades, one commanded by Brigadier-General Hall, consisting of the Seventh, Eighth, Eleventh, and Twenty-second New York National Guards; the other by Brigadier-General Yates, consisting of the Fifth, Sixth, Twelfth, Sixty-ninth, and Seventy-first National Guards, to which I will add the Fourth Regiment National Guards, consisting of 400 artillery, if you can furnish the horses, guns, and caissons at Harrisburg.

C. W. SANDFORD,

Major-General.

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HARRISBURG, June 17, 1863.

(Received June 18, 1. 10 a. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

The One hundred and seventy-second Pennsylvania Volunteers, a drafted regiment, now at Yorktown, have offered to re-enlist for six months for the service for which we are now preparing troops. Can such an arrangement be made? I think the example would lead to similar offers from other regiments.

A. G. CURTIN.

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BOSTON, MASS., June 17, 1863-2. 30 p. m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON:

It is not possible to induce the three nine-months' regiments, which have just returned, to proceed to Pennsylvania. One has only been