HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
Camp Lincoln, June 21, 1862.
Honorable EDQIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War:
Things pretty quiet to-day. Not quite as much shelling as usual. Our preparations progressing well. Enemy opened with some heavy guns yesterday. Did no harm.
G. B. McCLELLAN,
June 21, 1862-11 p. m. (Received 3,30 a. m. 22d.)
Have you any more 4 1\2 inch guns? If so, please send them to White House at once. I would like to have twenty-five or thirty.
G. B. McCLELLAN,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,
June 21, 1862.
General J. G. BARNARD:
Two rifled guns have been firing at intervals during they day at the enemy's work on the left of the railroad a mile and a quarter in advance of Fair Oaks. Saw to-day one gun in redoubt at Old Tavern; one field gun behind rifle-pit beyond and five on the plain. Nothing else new there. Enemy at 6 p. m. showed two or three companies on edge of our shashing on Williamsburg road, causing the firing from 6 to 7.
C. B. COMSTOCK,
Lieutenant of Engineers.
JUNE 21, 1862.
General J. G. BARNARD,
Chief Engineer, Army of the Potomac:
SIR: I laid out and nearly completed a six-gun battery last night near the Hoogland house. This morning another is to be commenced in the woods near Doctor Gaines' house, and to-night one on the left of the road leading to New Brigade and not far from the river. The enemy opened fire last evening from five batteries; some of their guns were very heavy, reaching into General Sykes' camp.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. C. DUANE,
Captain of Engineers.
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH PROVISIONAL ARMY CORPS,
Camp near New Bridge, Va., June 21, 1862.
GENERAL: The commanding general directs that a fatigue party be furnished of 500 men (300 shovels, 100 pickets), to report to Lieutenant Reese at Doctor Gaines' house this evening. The party will be under a field officer and will go armed. The party must march in silence and