War of the Rebellion: Serial 045 Page 0272 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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NEAR NAVY-YARD, June 23, 1863-10. 10 p. m.

General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Forty pontoons and equipage started from here at 10. 15 p. m., to hurry through the Georgetown locks. At this hour, 32 more, pontoons and equipage, the balance for 1, 450 feet of bridge, started, as I have judged it safest to send all from here. I expect the bridge to reach the Monocacy on the evening of the 24th.

H. W. BENHAM,

Brigadier-General.

WASHINGTON, June 23, 1863.

General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Dispatch of Adjutant-General Moses just received. I do not distinctly understand what is meant be the "timber bridging, " called for by the telegram, but believing that a wooden pontoon bridge 1, 400 feet long is required at the Monocacy, I shall, unless otherwise directed, order that to be sent; 1, 200 feet from this depot, which can be sent by or before midnight, to be joined by 200 feet of surplus bridge now with Captain Turnbull at Edwards Ferry, whom I shall direct to send it with a portion of the volunteer engineers now with him.

H. W. BENHAM,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS TWELFTH CORPS, June 23, 1863-10 p. m.

Major General JOSEPH HOOKER, Army of the Potomac:

The signal officer at Point of Rocks reports a large force of the enemy at Shepherdstown, encamped on the south side of the river.

H. W. SLOCUM,

Major-General.

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

(Received, War Department, 11. 39 p. m.)

General BENHAM, Navy-Yard:

The general directs you, as soon as your bridge is sent off, as ordered, to report at the mouth of the Monocacy with your command, ready for the field.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 23, 1863-11. 38 p. m.

Major-General SLOCUM, Leesburg:

Is Chick's Ford practicable for infantry? How far from you is it, and how good a road? The same information desired as to White's and any other practicable fords.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General.