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HARRISBURG, PA., November 9, 1863-7. 30 p. m.

(Received 8. 10 p. m.)

Major-General HALLECK:

There are threatenings and serious disturbances in the coal region. Can I withdraw infantry from Maryland?

D. N. COUCH,

Major-General.

WASHINGTON, November 9, 1863-7. 30 p. m.

Major-General MEADE:

I have sent your dispatches about operations on the Rappahannock on Saturday, and I wish to say, "Well done. " do the 1,500 prisoners reported by General Sedgwick include the 400 taken by General French, or do the whole amount to 1,900?

A. LINCOLN.

WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, November 9, 1863-9. 50 p. m.

Major General D. N. COUCH, Harrisburg, Pa.:

Authority to withdraw your infantry from Maryland has already been given through the Adjutant-General of the Army.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 497.

Washington, November 9, 1863.

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III. A Board of Officers, to consist of Brigadier General W. F. Barry, U. S. Volunteers, lieutenant-colonel First U. S. Artillery; Brigadier General J. G. Barnard, U. S. Volunteers, lieutenant-colonel U. S. Engineers; Brigadier General G. W. Cullum, U. S. Volunteers, lieutenant-colonel U. S. Engineers; Brigadier General G. A. De Russy, U. S. Volunteers, captain Fourth U. S. Artillery; and Lieutenant Colonel B. S. Alexander, additional aide-de-camp, major U. S. Engineers, will meet in this city on the 10th day of November, 1863, or as soon thereafter as practicable, to examine and report upon the armaments of the works constituting the defenses of Washington.

The Board will report upon the points to be presented to them in a letter of instructions, and will make any other recommendations which in their judgment may seem proper.

The Chiefs of Engineers and of Artillery will furnish all information required by the Board, and the report of the Board will be submitted to them for comment or approval.

The junior member will record the proceedings.

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XIII. Brigadier General E. R. S. Canby, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby relieved from command in the city of New York, and will report for duty in the War Department.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.