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advisable we can try to cut them off from Richmond by moving on the junction of this road with the Virginia Central.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

FALMOUTH, VA., August 10, 1862.

M. C. MEIGS, Quartermaster-General:

In case large bodies of troops are to land there, the wharf at Aquia Creek should be doubled, for the passage of trains and teams, and should also be lengthened 1,800 feet into deep water for transports of heavy draught. If authorized I can procure the means for this purpose. At present only seven or eight regiments can be landed daily. Additional store-houses for forage and supplies are absolutely necessary.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HDQRS. THIRD ARMY CORPS, ARMY OF VIRGINIA,

Culpeper, August 10, 1862.

Colonel ALLEN,

Commanding First Maine Cavalry:

SIR: In absence of Brigadier-General Bayard and Colonel Jones of the cavalry the major-general commanding directs that you throw out a sufficient line of pickets, joining on to those of General Ricketts on the left, and especially that you watch well the Madison road.

While you are to be very vigilant be very particular that no unnecessary alarm be given to disturb the troops and deprive them of the rest which they require so much.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ED. SCHRIVER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. THIRD ARMY CORPS, ARMY OF VIRGINIA,

August 10, 1862.

Brigadier General G. D. BAYARD,

Commanding Cavalry Brigade:

It is the order of the major-general commanding that you make a reconnaissance in the direction of Barnett's Ford, on the Rapidan, going as far as possible, with a view to learn the state of things in that quarter. Start as early as possible in the morning.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ED. SCHRIVER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. THIRD ARMY CORPS, ARMY OF VIRGINIA,

August 10, 1862.

Major BEAUMONT:

You have done right. Keep the enemy in check as long as possible.