ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, TWELFTH CORPS, June 23, 1863-9 a. m.
General JOSEPH HOOKER: Noland's Ford is reported as impracticable. I have sent an officer to examine it. It will be three or four hours before he can report. White's Ford, 3 miles above Edwards Ferry, is the best ford in this vicinity.
H. W. SLOCUM,
MOUTH OF THE MONOCACY, June 23, 1863-11. 15 a. m.
Major General D. BUTTERFIELD,
Chief of Staff:
Patrolled yesterday to Sandy Hook. Communicated with General Tyler; also through Frederick and from Chick's Ford to General Slocum's headquarters. Nothing seen of the enemy.
Captain, Commanding Post.
HEADQUARTERS, June 23, 1863-2. 15 p. m.
Major-General STAHEL, Gainesville, or Thoroughfare Gap:
General Hooker directs that you return with your command to Fairfax Court-House to-night.
Major-General, Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, June 23, 1863.
You have been misinformed in regard to the soldier you refer to as having been take inside of the infantry picket line. My infantry picket extends only to the railroad crossing here, and is a mere line extending for about a mile around the Gap. This soldier inform me that he was take in the road between the infantry pickets and Hay Market.
WINF'D S. HANCOCK,
Major-General, Commanding Corps.
[June 23,] 1863.
General BUTTERFIELD, Headquarters:
Two rebel cavalrymen, coming from my rear, passed near Hay Market, going toward New Baltimore, and picked up one of Stahel's cavalrymen, a sutler, a wagon-master, a negro, and a wagon with telegraph wire, which the operator had sent for without my knowledge-all this in sight of Stahel's picket near Hay Market. The wagon and contents were not troubled, but the individuals were all taken. Coming near New Baltimore, our pickets saw the party