WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJT. GENERAL 'S OFFICE,
Washington, June 18, 1863.
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XXI. Leave of absence for thirty days is hereby granted Brigadier General E. L. Viele, U. S. Volunteers, By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
CENTRENVILLE, June 19, 1863-12. 30 a. m.
Major-General HOOKER, Fairfax Station:
I found a large force of rebel cavalry at Warrenton. I drove in their pickets to within 1 mile of the place. Two regiments attempted to land me on each side. The number is said to be 5, 000 or 6, 000. A contraband said Stuart was to be there to-day.
O. DE FOREST,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 19, 1863.
Major-General SLOCUM, Leesburg:
Do you know of any troops (enemy) in your vicinity? Have you heard of any of Longstreet's troops in Union during the week past? Is your position a strong one?
HEADQUARTERS TWELFTH CORPS, Leesburg, Via., via Poolesville, Md.,
June 19, 1863-10. 40 a. m.
General JOSEPH HOOKER, Headquarters Army of the Potomac:
I arrived here with my command at 5 p. m. I have heard nothing reliable relative to the position of the enemy. A pontoon bridge should be thrown across the river, near Edwards Ferry, if we are to remain here any length of time. The material for a bridge, with a party to build it, should be sent at once. I have communicated with Reynolds and Howard. Shall leave an orderly at the telegraph office from which this is sent.
H. W. SLOCUM,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
June 19, 1863.
General SLOCUM, Leesburg, via Poolesville:
Your dispatch received. What advantages are to be gained by putting a bridge at Edwards Ferry? Are there any reasons why