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.
G. A. DE RUSSY,
Near Portsmouth, August 10, 1863
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,
WASHINGTON, D. C,
August 10, 1863-9. 30 a. m.
General Brooks, at Pittsburgh is prepared to re-enforce General Scammon whenever necessary.
H. W. HALLECK.
Washington, August 10, 1863-10 a. m.
General Brooks will be able to re-enforce General Scammon. Should it be necessary, make a requisition on General Brooks.
H. W. HALLECK,
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