War of the Rebellion: Serial 045 Page 0404 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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occupying that portion of country. There were some repair hands, sent by foreman, west from Sykesville. They have not returned. Supposed they were captured. This information, I think, is reliable, as I sent Robert Derries, and he is acquainted with that country, and he makes this report from information from reliable parties. The enemy are inquiring at Sykesville the position of the tunnel at Marriottsville, and the bridge east of the tunnel.

J. H. WALTERS,

Conductor.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General.

BALTIMORE, June 29, 1863-3. 05 p. m.

Colonel TAYLOR,

A. A. G., and Chief of Staff, Washington, D. C.:

Where are Pleasonton and Stahel? Is any force of ours attempting to drive the rebel cavalry from between Washington and Baltimore and the Army of the Potomac?

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF WASHINGTON,

June 29, 1863-4. 40 p. m.

Major-General SCHENCK,

Commanding Middle Department, Baltimore:

It is not known at these headquarters where General Pleasonton or General Stahel is. All the knowledge we have is, that they are attempting to intercept the enemy at some point. Colonel Lowell, Second Massachusetts Cavalry, is close upon the enemy's rear guard. Respectfully,

C. H. POTTER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

BALTIMORE, MD., June 29, 1863-8 p. m.

(Received 8. 05 p. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

Three hundred and eighty men, captured by Stuart, have arrived at the Relay House, paroled on the river. Are such paroles regarded as binding now? I have seen a newspaper statement that the commissioners have agreed that there must be actual personal delivery by the captors at points indicated. I want to know if I shall send these men to Annapolis.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General.

BALTIMORE, June 29, 1863.

Major-General MEADE, Or his Chief of Staff, Hdqrs. Army of the Potomac:

If the force at Maryland Heights is to be reduced, it is exceedingly important that I should have returned to me here some of the com