WAR DEPARTMENT, June 20, 1863-3 p. m.
Major-General COUCH, Harrisburg:
I am waiting for an answer from you as to whether the powers granted are as large and discretionary as you desire in the present emergency, or whether other and what power is needed? Please answer immediately.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
Harrisburg, June 20, 1863.
(Received 4. 05 p. m)
Honorable SECRETARY OF WAR:
My powers are ample. I require nothing more.
D. N. COUCH,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE SUSQUEHANNA,
Harrisburg June 20, 1863.
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V. Brigadier General W. F. Smith, U. S. Volunteers, having reported to these headquarters for duty, will proceed to inspect the defenses of the Susquehanna, and will make such dispositions as are necessary for the defense of the river.
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By command of Major General D. N. Couch:
ROBERT LET ROY,
Captain, and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE MONONGAHELA, Pittsburgh,
June 20, 1863-12. 40 p. m.
(Received 2. 05 p. m.)
Honorable E. M. STANTON:
The organization of troops under either of the authorized plans is very slow. A proposition has been made by a number of will owners to receive from the Government arms, for which they will make themselves responsible, to be put in the hands of their employees, regularly organized into companies, for drill. It is the next best plan to what has been authorized. Can arms be so issued for this purpose?
W. T. H. BROOKS,
WAR DEPARTMENT, June 20, 1863-3. 50 p. m.
Major-General BROOKS, Pittsburgh:
You are authorized to distribute arms and ammunition to companies organized by mill owners and others, taking security for the