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THE

WAR OF THE REBELLION:

A COMPILATION OF THE

OFFICIAL RECORDS

OF THE

UNION AND CONFEDERATE ARMIES.

PREPARED, UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR, BY

The late Lieut. Col. ROBERT N. SCOTT, Third U. S. Artillery,

PURSUANT TO ACTS OF CONGRESS.

SERIES I–VOLUME XXVII—IN THREE PARTS.

PART III-CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

WASHINGTON:
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE.

1889.

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CORRESPONDENCE, ORDERS, AND RETURNS RELATING TO OPERATIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, PENNSYLVANIA, AND DEPARTMENT OF THE EAST, FROM JUNE 3 TO AUGUST 3, 1863.

UNION CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 3, 1863. Brig. Gen. S. WILLIAMS,

Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac: GENERAL: Please show the inclosed note to Major-General Hooker. He knows who Mr. Smith is. Should Stuart attempt a Maryland raid, it would be more satisfactory to us than his remaining quiet at Culpeper.

It is my impression the rebel army has been weakened by troops sent west and south, and that any performance of Stuart’s will be a flutter to keep us from seeing their weakness. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. PLEASONTON, Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[Inclosure.]

WASHINGTON, D. C.

June 1, 1863. General PLEASONTON,

DEAR SIR: Colonel [George W. von) Schack has sent an officer to Bealeton Station, on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, and I have been ordered to join him; leave this evening for that place.

There is one thing that looks very apparent to me, and that is, that this movement of General Lee's is not intended to menace Washington, but to try his hand again toward Maryland, or to call off your attention while General Stuart goes there. I have every reason for believing that Stuart is on his way toward Maryland. I do not posi. tively know it, but have the very best of reasons for believing it. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. S. SMITH.

JUNE 3, 1863–10 p. m. Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Fifth Corps, Stoneman's Switch. GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you march your division now in camp at 3 a. m. to-morrow, placing a portion

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