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directed to send out at 1 a. m. gets up with the enemy, and you have captured him or found it utterly impossible to do so. Stoneman will endeavor to get between them and the river.*

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

FEBRUARY 25, 1863-8 p. m.

Brigadier General W. W. AVERELL, Potomac Run:

Stoneman has been instructed to move the force from here at once. Pleasonton to be in position at Aquia Church, to co-operate or execute any order. A brigade of infantry to move to Berea Church from Couch's corps at once.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 25, 1863.

General WILLIAMS,

Commanding Twelfth Corps, Stafford Court-House, Va.:

Telegraphic advices report three brigades of the enemy's cavalry moving in the vicinity of your front. Advise the force at Dumfries to be vigilant. Our infantry there can whip the cavalry if they come. The cavalry can get no advantage of them if they are alert and vigilant. Give us any information you receive. Advise General von Steinwehr. Acknowledge receipt of this.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

FEBRUARY 25, 1863-9 p. m.

General A. S. WILLIAMS, Stafford Court-House, Va.:

Dispatch from Colonel Creighton received. Inform General Pleasonton of its contents. Averell has gone up with a division of cavalry toward Hartwood. The division of Regulars will go up the river road. Pleasonton will be in position within a few hours at Aquia Church. A brigade of infantry had gone up to Berea Church. Inform Pleasonton of all these arrangements. General Heintzelman has been requested to co-operate from above, sending a force down toward Warrenton Junction and Rappahannock Station. Have Creighton informed of all movements. Have him advise Pleasonton. Communicate here all you get. Send a brigade of infantry to Aquia Church to support Pleasonton, if desired.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

[Major-General, Chief of Staff.]

FEBRUARY 25, 1863-9.10 p. m.

General A. S. WILLIAMS, Stafford Court-House, Va.:

Keep the officers in command of the cavalry forces this way fully advised of all movements and appearances in your front. Prisoners

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*See skirmish at Hartwood Church, February 25, Part I, pp. 21-25.

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