They say a large portion of the enemy's artillery has gone back to Strasburg; that the enemy is not working on the intrenchments at Winchester, and that he has not occupied the forts. He had not received many conscripts, and is suffering from want of food.
The enemy's pickets were at Bristoe-Station this morning.
Respectfully forwarded, for the information of the General-in-Chief.
N. P. BANKS,
FAIRVIEW, MD., October 3, 1862.
Via Hagerstown, October 6, 1862-6 p.m.
Major General GEORGE B. McCLELLAN,
Judging by camp smoke, the main force of the enemy is between Martinsburg and Winchester, and in the same position as when last reported.
W. W. ROWLEY,
Acting Signal Officer.
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, October 3, 1862.
General R. E. LEE,
Commanding Army of Northern Virginia:
GENERAL: Major-General McClellan instructs me to inform you that your communication of the 2nd instant (relating to the vehicles provided under special understanding with General White at Harper's Ferry) was received by him on horseback at a distance from writing conveniences; that he will inquire into the circumstances, and see that the stipulations are complied with at the earliest moment.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
F. J. PORTER,
[OCTOBER 3, 1862.-For General Orders, No. 160, Headquarters Army of the Potomac, of this date, see Part I, p.182.]
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
No. 270. Camp near Sharpsburg, October 3, 1862.
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IV. Brigadier General W. W. Averell, U. S. Volunteers, is assigned to the Cavalry Division, for duty with the brigade which he commanded as colonel.
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By command of Major-General McClellan: