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with General Heintzelman for a like number of Pennsylvania Troops of his command. Upon receipt of this order you will direct this division to proceed to Alexandria and report to Major-General Heintzelman. The chief quartermaster will furnish the necessary transportation. The sick and all the baggage of the troops should be taken with them. The details of the embarkation are left with you, with reliance upon your energy and attention.

Very respectfully, &c.,

JOS. DICKINSON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS GRAND RESERVE DIVISION,

Stafford Court-House, Va., February 5, 1863.

Brigadier General J. STAHEL,

Commanding Eleventh Army Corps:

GENERAL: By order of Major-General Hooker, Colonel Di Cesnola's brigade, now stationed at Allcock, has to remain there until further orders. Please send immediately an order to him to that effect, and instruct him to put out his pickets and send out his patrols and scouting parties as before.

Respectfully, yours,

F. SIGEL,

Major-General, Commanding.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

February 5, 1863.

The following is published for the information of division commanders:

HEADQUARTERS CENTER GRAND DIVISION,

February 5, 1863.

GENERAL: I am directed by the major-general commanding to inform you that a reconnaissance in force has been sent this morning to Rappahannock Station. He wishes officers in charge of the pickets notified of this fat; also that you have your command in readiness to be promptly moved, in case it should be necessary to send any additional force.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. G. MASON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

In pursuance of the above notice, division commanders are directed to have their commands ready to move promptly, with rations in haversacks, in case they are required.

By command of Major-General Sykes, commanding Fifth Corps:

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 5, 1863.

Colonel J. C. KELTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Washington, D. C.:

It is much to be desired that the recommendations heretofore made from this army for brevet rank for meritorious services on the part of