HEADQUARTERS Army of the Potomac, July 16, 1863-1. 45 p. m.
Major General D. N. COUCH, Chambersburg:
Colonel A. T. McReynolds has been instructed to watch and guard with his command the Potomac from Harper's Ferry to Williamsport. He is in the vicinity of Hagerstown. Please give him such any orders, excepting through you. I must look to you to guard the river above Harper's Ferry. I shall require, for active operations, all the troops I have with me. Please acknowledge.
GEO. G. MEADE,
CHAMBERSBURG, PA., July 16, 1863.
General GEORGE G. MEADE:
I excepted to be able to keep, if necessary, 15, 000 men at or near Hagerstown, but many are returning, having refused to cross the line. I will have 800 cavalry to assist McReynolds, and I hope a few thousand infantry that will do the fair thing. Three thousand of my infantry were at Hagerstown this morning.
D. N. COUCH,
CHERRY RUN, VA., July 16, 1863-10. 30 a. m.
ADJUTANT-GENERAL, U. S. ARMY:
General Scammon reports that he moved on the enemy at Raleigh Court-House, but was unable to cross the river in front with his main force. Two mounted regiments, sent to the rear, made demonstrations, and at midnight of the 14th instant the enemy evacuated his works, leaving a quantity of ammunition and some stores. The high water prevented his capture. General Scammon reports his other expedition as progressing satisfactorily.
B. F. KELEY,
CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 16, 1863.
Corps and other independent commanders will immediately replenish their supplies from the depots at Berlin and Sandy Hook as follows: Three days' cooked rations in haversacks; three days' hard bread and small rations in regimental wagons; and, in addition, two days' salt meat, and as many days' hard bread and small rations as the supply trains can carry. The shoes and clothing required for the troops will be obtained from the depots named.