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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 23, 1863-11. 20 p. m.

Commanding Officer Forces at Poolesville:

General Hooker directs that you march your command at daylight to-morrow morning for Harper's Ferry, and report to the commanding officer there. Acknowledge the receipt of this order. It is necessary that you move up at once, to avoid interference with other troops.

DANL. BUTTEFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, Near Thoroughfare Gap,

June 23, 1863.

Major-General BUTTERFIELD, Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac: GENERAL: I have just received a dispatch to meet General Hooker. I proceed at once. General French has also telegraphed me that he has received a similar dispatch in reference to himself, which I have not received. When I reach Gainesville, I will revise his dispatch, and, if correct, will bring General French with me. Very respectfully, your obedient servant.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding Corps.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 23, 1863.

(Received 12. 30 p. m.)

Major-General HANCOCK:

Dispatch to French was only copy for your information, not intended for you to come. Operator has mistaken. French to have another command. You need not come.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 23, 1863.

(Received, War Department, 11. 43 p. m.)

JOHN C. BABCOCK, Monocacy Junction:

The general wants you to send men on to the South Mountain, to observe the valley below. He wants to know immediately whether there is any force in it; also whether the National road or Crampton's Pass is held by the enemy. Do you know anything about these matters now?

G. H. SHARPE,

Colonel, &c.

June 23, 1863.

Commanding Officer Eleventh Corps:

March your corps to Harper's Ferry, via Edwards [Ferry]. Make the march in two days. Acknowledge.

DANL. BUTTERFILED,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.