The idea of concentrating a force of 2, 000 men here has not been realized, which I take leave to bring to your notice, so that you may know my position and functions.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
MOUNTAIN STATION, July 14, 1863-12. 35 a. m.
Chief of Staff:
GENERAL: A battery, apparently ours, in action about 7 miles due west from here. Two lines of troops in rear of battery are advancing in that direction.
J. C. PAINE,
Captain, and Signal Officer.
HAGERSTOWN, July 14, 1863.
The enemy has fallen back toward Williamsport. Reported crossing at that point.
HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH CORPS, July 14, 1863-6. 35 a. m.
My brigade commander in Hagerstown reports the works in his front evacuated.
O. O. HOWARD.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 14, 1863-7. 40 a. m.
Commanding Sixth Corps:
Your dispatch of 6. 30 a. m. is just received. The major-general commanding desires me to say that the facts you communicate render the movement ordered last night still more necessary, and directs that you continue it until the position of the enemy is ascertained, supporting the reconnoitering force with your whole corps, if necessary, and following that up, if required, by the First and Eleventh Corps.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant.
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Chief of Staff.
JULY 14, 1863-8 a. m.
No enemy on the Williamsport road. Enemy's works very strong. Commenced moving at dusk; last left about midnight.
O. O. HOWARD.