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HDQRS. THIRD ARMY CORPS, ARMY OF VIRGINIA, August 27, 1862.

Brigadier General RUFUS KING,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you move your division, following Reynolds' on the march. Before passing through Warrenton have the column closed up, leaving no stragglers, and having the whole appear creditable.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ED. SCHRIVER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. THIRD ARMY CORPS, ARMY OF VIRGINIA, August 27, 1862.

Brigadier General J. B. RICKETTS,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: You will move back your division and follow on the march King's division, on the Warrenton pike to Gainesville. Let your wagons precede you, and go from Warrenton to Catlett's. Send word to the cavalry pickets in your front to follow your division.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ED. SCHRIVER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HEDGEMAN'S CREEK, August 27, 1862-8 a.m.

Colonel SCHRIVER,

Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: My scouts are upon the other side of the river. From observations last night and this morning I am quite satisfied that the enemy has moved up the river. I send you a deserter, a New York man by birth, who swam the river this a.m. to give himself up. HE answers readily all questions. When my scouts return I will send you a report.

Very respectfully,

M. R. PATRICK,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Statement of Corpl. C. T. Dexter.-Belongs to Forty-fourth Alabama; been in four months-Colonel Kent. I am in Anderson's division; his and Longstreet's and Hill's are on other side of river. The regiments left Sulphur Springs Friday evening at dusk. Jackson was ahead; army poorly fed; very little cavalry; great deal of artillery. Came to Louisa Court-House last Tuesday; strength estimated at 100,000. Lee was at Jeffersonville on 26th, a.m.

AUGUST 27, 1862-8.30 a.m.

Colonel E. SCHRIVER,

Chief of Staff:

Head of my division is within 2 miles of the Springs; have halted to let it close up and bring forward the artillery, which have taken a