To Officer in Command at Poolesville, Maryland

Executive Mansion, October 21, 1861— 10 p.m.

Officer in Command at Poolesville:

Send a mounted messenger to the battle-ground and bring me information from General Stone. I want the particulars as to result of engagement and the relative position of the forces for the night, their numbers, and such other information as will give me a correct understanding of affairs. A. Lincoln.