HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 23, 1863.
(Received, War Department, 11. 35 p. m.)
Captain McKee, Mouth of the Monocacy:
Report with your command to General Pleasonton at Aldie to-morrow. Cross at Chick's Ford, if practicable. Answer. If you have not all your force together, send an officer to bring them up, and to on with what you have.
Major-General, Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 23, 1863-11. 30 p. m.
Brigadier General S. W. CRAWFORD, Upton's Hill, Va.:
GENERAL: Major-General Hooker directs that you hold your command in readiness to move at very short notice, with the supplies hereafter indicated. The number of wagons to be allowed for the transportation of baggage and supplies will be indicated to you later in the day. You will not draw in your pickets until further orders. Subsistence at all times: Seven days' hard bread, coffee, and sugar; three days' pork or bacon; six days' salt-in regimental wagons and division supply train; five days' beef-cattle, and three days' in haversacks. Total, ten days'. Please acknowledge.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
June 23, 1863-midnight.
General SLOCUM, Leesburg:
Send all information you have with regard to fords and bridges on the Shenandoah.
June 23, 1863.
General JOSEPH HOOKER:
Noland's Ford is not practicable, even for infantry.
H. W. SLOCUM,
LEESBURG,, VA., June 23, 1863-midnight.
General D. BUTTERFIELD, Chief of Staff:
Chick's Ford is 1 mile below Noland's. It is practicable for cavalry and infantry, but not for artillery or trains. White's Ford is about the same; the bottom is rough. Seneca Ford, 2 miles below Goose Creek, is said to be good. I will send an officer to it early to-morrow. The approaches to all these fords are good. My wagon train is parked near the bridge at Edwards Ferry, and can be run across without delay.
H. W. SLOCUM,