War of the Rebellion: Serial 040 Page 0344 N. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XXXVII.

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strong reason to apprehend that it was intended that you should cross to-day at 9 a. m. I am momentarily expecting a telegram. I wish that you would send a staff officer to Banks' Ford to read all telegraphic dispatches there. Hold your command in readiness to spring, in case this should prove an error and it is indented you should cross to-day at 9 o'clock, to move to that point as rapidly as possible, to cross. I inclose copy of the dispatch.

Very respectfully, &c.,

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION,

May 1, 1863-1.30 p. m.

General BUTTERFIELD, Chief of Staff:

The following just received from the right of my picket line:

Information has just been received from the right of the picket line of this brigade that the enemy's vedettes and supports have been withdrawn away from the river front, and are now entirely out of sight.

JOHN O. SCOTT,

Captain, Commanding Brigade Picket.

JOHN GIBBON,

Brigadier-General.

CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, VA.,

May 1, 1863.

General JOHN GIBBON:

The commanding general directs that you exercise the utmost vigilance to learn the earliest movements of the enemy on the opposite side of the river, and take all possible measures to prevent them. If the absence of the brigade you have been ordered to send to Banks' Ford should weaken you too much, which the general hopes will not be the case, you must call on General Sedgwick for assistance. Observe all the movements of the enemy, and communicate them to these headquarters by telegraph.

By command of Major-General Hooker:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION,

May 1, 1863-9 p. m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Hdqrs. Army of the Potomac:

Your telegram received. Have ordered a brigade to move at once to Banks' Ford and report to General Benham.

JOHN GIBBON,

Brigadier-General.

SEDDON'S HOUSE SIGNAL STATION,

May 1, 1863-12.30 p. m.

Major-General REYNOLDS:

Enemy's battery on the crest of the hill in our front remains the same as yesterday, and workmen are engaged in erecting new batteries on