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Doc. 16.-the passage of the Potomac. General Patterson's report. headquarters Department Pennsylvania, Martinsburg, July 6, 1861. Colonel E. D. Townsend, A. A. General U. S. A., Washington City: Sir: I telegraphed my intention to cross the Potomac on the first instant. I now have the honor to report my movements since that date. I left Hagerstown on the afternoon of the thirtieth ultimo, the earliest day my command could take the field in a proper condition for active service, intending the following morning to enter Virginia with two columns, (at Dam No. Four and at Williamsport,) to be united the same day at Hainesville, the location of the rebels. Owing to the danger and difficulty attending the fording at Dam No. Four, I placed all the force at Williamsport. My order of march for the second instant, is given in the accompanying circular. The advance crossed the Potomac at four A. M., all taking the main road to Martinsburg with the exception of Negley's brig