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HEADQUARTERS, Frederick City, July 7, 1863-11. 10 a. m.

Lieutenant J. R. MEIGS,

Engineer Corps, Sandy Hook:

A brigade will be at Knoxville early to-day, with artillery and cavalry. The force across the river is of no account. I destroyed the bridge.

WM. H. FRENCH,

Major-General.

POINT OF ROCKS, July 7, 1863.

General SCHENCK,

Commanding:

All well at Point of Rocks. Forty rebel pickets on other side of the river, opposite here. Track burned off Harper's Ferry bridge, but iron-work unimpaired. Go on immediately, to save what is left. Take the operator belonging to railroad to Sandy Hook, 1 mile this side. Send on for operator.

JOHN R. MEIGS,

Lieutenant, Commanding.

(Copy to General Halleck.)

SANDY HOOK, July 7, 1863.

General SCHENCK:

I am now opposite Harper's Ferry. Been desultory picket firing across the river, both sides. Iron-work of bridge uninjured. Shelled the rebel bushwhackers quiet. Please have carriages of mountain howitzers sent and carriages of 6-pounders without limbers.

JOHN R. MEIGS,

Lieutenant, Commanding.

FREDERICK CITY, July 7, 1863-12 m. (Received 2. 50 p. m.)

Major-General HALLECK:

Troops sent here for immediate service should have at least their haversacks and cartridge-boxes filled, which was not the case with those from Baltimore. Hence a delay.

WM. H. FRENCH,

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, D. C., July 7, 1863-9. 15 p. m.

Major-General FRENCH, Frederick, Md.:

Report to General Schenck the regiments which reported to you with empty haversacks and cartridge-boxes, in order that the proper officers may be punished.

H. W. HALLECK.