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BALTIMORE, June 24, 1863.

Commanding Officer, Monocacy, Md.:

Has General Hooker any cavalry force to-day at Frederick, or at the Monocacy?

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

NEW CREEK, June 24, 1863. Lieutenant Colonel

DONN PIATT:

Nothing new this morning in this section. Scouts from Romney report no signs of the enemy. Scouting party from Grafton found guerrilla band near Saint George's Inn. Tucker yesterday had a skirmish; killed 5 of the enemy, and captured 5 horses; one of our men wounded.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

General ORDERS, WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJT. GENERAL 'S OFFICE,

Numbers 186.

Washington, June 24, 1863.

I. By direction of the President, that part of the Middle Department west of Hancock, including the adjacent counties of Ohio, will constitute the Department of West Virginia. Brigadier General B. F. Kelley is places in command of the Department of West Virginia.

II. Major General W. S. Hancock, U. S. Volunteers, is, by direction of the President, assigned to the command of the Second Army Corps, in place of Major General D. N. Couch, transferred to another command. By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WAR DEPARTMENT, June 24, 1863.

Brigadier General B. F. KELLEY, Cumberland, Md.:

All that portion on the Middle Department including and west of Cumberland is organized into a new department, to be called the Department of West Virginia, and places under your command. Instructions will be forwarded to you immediately. Acknowledge the receipt of this immediately.

EDWIN M. STANTON,

Secretary of War.

NEW CREEK, W. Va., June 24, 1863-11. 30 a. m.

(Received 2 p. m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Your telegram notifying me of the formation of the Department of West Virginia, and of my assignment do command, just received. I await your instructions.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.