War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0026 OPERATIONS IN N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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HDQRS. DEF. OF WASHINGTON SOUTH OF POTOMAC,

August 10, 1863

Lieutenant Colonel J. H. TAYLOR,

Asst. Adjt. General, Hdqrs. Dept. of Washington:

It is reported that one of our cavalry pickets was fired on last night while on duty near Falls Church. A Mr. Reed, resident of that place, says he knows that Mosby's headquarters are only about 5 miles from Falls Church, where he had about 40 men. My own cavalry force is not sufficient to send out a large enough party to verify this information and keep up the regular nightly patrols.

Very respectfully,

G. A. DE RUSSY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS

Near Portsmouth, August 10, 1863

Brigadier-General NAGLEE,

Norfolk:

Is it intended that the cavalry expedition shall go by the way of Suffolk? A deserter from the Ninth Virginia has just come in. Reports no troops at Suffolk, or on the line of the Blackwater, excepting a few pickets on the Blackwater.

GEO. W. GETTY,

Brigadier-General.

WASHINGTON, D. C,

August 10, 1863-9. 30 a. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE,

Cincinnati, Ohio:

General Brooks, at Pittsburgh is prepared to re-enforce General Scammon whenever necessary.

H. W. HALLECK.

General-in-Chief.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, August 10, 1863-10 a. m.

General KELLEY,

West Virginia:

General Brooks will be able to re-enforce General Scammon. Should it be necessary, make a requisition on General Brooks.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

OFFICE PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

August 10, 1863.

Major General GEORGE G. MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: In answer to the inquiry as to how newspaper are now supplied to the Army of the Potomac, I have the honor to report that in accordance with the provisions of the circular of Major-General Hooker, of the 2nd of June last, proposals for furnishing newspapers to the Army were received until 12 o'clock m. on the