HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 19, 1863-10 a. m.,
(Received 11. 05 a. m.)
General Hooker desires that you will advise him as soon as possible of the position, number, and character of your troops, exclusive or the artillery and garrisons for the Defenses.
FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE, June 19, 1863.
Hear nothing in that direction. My scouting party not returned. I was ordered by General Hooker to withdraw the whole picket, as his corps are in front of my line, all over, and he will protect me. This leaves my picket unnecessary.
Do what you think best, and act on your own judgment.
Colonel, and Chief of Staff.
P. S. -Please keep us informed of anything that may transpire in front. Headquarters Department of Washington,
June 19, 1863-12. 30 p. m.
Major General D. BUTTERFIELD,
Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:
Your dispatch received. Abercrombie, with division of 7, 262 infantry and four batteries, is at and in the vicinity of Centreville, headquarters at Centreville. Crawford, with two brigades of Pennsylvania Reserves, at Upton's Hill, Fairfax Station, and Vienna, 3, 515 infantry and two batteries, headquarters at Upton's Hill. The Pennsylvania Reserves belong properly to the Defenses. Stahel's headquarters, Fairfax Court-House, 3, 613 cavalry and one battery. Brigade of 2, 000 infantry and one battery at Poolesville. One regiment on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Where do you wish stragglers from the Army of the Potomac sent?
S. P. HEINTZELMAN,
FAIRFAX COURT-HOUSE, June 19, 1863-12. 30 p. m.
Chief of Staff, and A. A. G., Dept. of Washington:
I have just received orders from headquarters Army of the Potomac to concentrate all my forces. I await the orders and instruction of the major-general commanding.