War of the Rebellion: Serial 045 Page 0432 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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battery immediately in its front, and the rest to be put in the various rifle-pits between Tillinghast and De Kalb. Chain Bridge position. -Two or three field batteries could be advantageously used in the different batteries.

I am, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,

J. G. BARNARD,

Brigadier-General.

BALTIMORE, MD., June 30, 1863-10. 30 p. m.

(Received 10. 50 p. m.)

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

Company of Purnell Legion and section of battery I reported captured are safe, having been carried off in Sedgwick's corps.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General.

BALTIMORE, June 30, 1863.

Brigadier-General BRIGGS, Relay House:

Withdraw the force from Mount Airy. Have no information upon which to answer your query as to cavalry.

By order:

DONN PIATT,

Chief of Staff.

WASHINGTON, D. C., June 30, 1863-2 p. m.

Major-General SCHENCK, Baltimore, Md.:

If paroles have been given in accordance with the cartel and general orders, they are valid and if not, not valid. I cannot act upon any single case till I know precisely what it is. A court is investigating the cases of paroled officers who come in here. You have all the orders and instructions in relation to paroles.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

BALTIMORE, June 30, 1863-8. 40 p. m.

(Received 8. 45 p. m.)

His Excellency ABRAHAM LINCOLN,

President of the United States:

I had 4, 000 able-bodied negroes at work on fortifications. Many of them seem to want to continue to work, or would fight for the Government. I sent paper ten days ago, urging and recommending a proposition to create from among them a regiment of sappers and miners. No notice was taken of the proposition. I believe one or two regiments for the war taken of the proposition. I believe one or two regiments for the war could be raised out of the good material, if you would authorize it, and have it done immediately, while the humor is on them.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General.