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CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH VA., May 3, 1863-9.40 a.m.

General JOHN SEDGWICK:

General Hunt reports from Banks' Ford that from the sound he judges that General Hooker is pushing the enemy toward the river, and that the enemy appear to be evacuating their intrenchments at Banks' Ford.

Very respectfully, &c.,

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

[AT BANKS' FORD,], May 3, 1863-9.50 a.m.

General HUNT:

General Hooker's attack was down Chancellorsville road. He is probably, from the sound, pushing this way. Sedgwick is preparing column of assault now.

BUTTERFIELD.

UNITED STATES FORD, May 3, 1863-10 a.m.

General BENHAM, or

Commanding Officer, Banks' Ford:

Commanding general desires that you will send the following message across Banks' Ford to General Sedgwick at once. Where is he?

C. B. COMSTOCK,

Captain of Engineers.

[Inclosure.]

MAY 3, 1863-10 a.m.

General SEDGWICK:

You will hurry up your column. The enemy's right flank now rests near the Plank road at Chancellorsville, all exposed. You will attack at once.

By command of Major-General Hooker:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS, UNITED STATES FORD, May 3, 1863-10 a.m.

General BUTTERFIELD:

General Hooker wishes to know where General Sedgwick is.

C. B. COMSTOCK,

Captain of Engineers.

SIGNAL STATION, [May 3, 1863]-11 a.m.

Captain COMSTOCK,

U. S. Engineers, United States Ford:

Your messages received at 10.30 o'clock and sent at once by orderly to General Sedgwick, via Falmouth; also by telegraph to General Butterfield. No bridges down here yet, as the enemy still hold the opposite bank.

H. W. BENHAM,

Brigadier-General.