War of the Rebellion: Serial 044 Page 0826 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA, White House, July 1, 1863 - 9. 30 p. m.

Major General E. D. KEYES, Baltimore Cross-Roads:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to say that you will hold your own, unless the enemy shows himself in such force as to make it necessary to fall back.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. T. VAN BUREN,

Assistant Adjutant General.

Numbers 5. HEADQUARTERS FOURTH ARMY CORPS, Baltimore Cross-roads, July 2, 1863 - 2. 30 a. m.

Major-General DIX, Commanding Department of Virginia:

GENERAL: Colonel Gibbs has come in to report that, about an hour ago, he heard artillery and other troops crossing the bridge on our right. As we are less than 5 miles from Bottom's Bridge, it is possible we are in a place where the enemy might get in our rear without our knowing it, and a disaster may, therefore, ensue unless I fall back. I am not well enough acquainted with the country to feel sure. I think, therefore, I will fall back with the main body to Baltimore Store, leaving an advance guard here. I do not think it advisable to venture too much, and, if you will send an immediate answer, I shall probably also withdraw the advance guard at daylight.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. D KEYES,

Major-General, Commanding Fourth Corps.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA, White House, July 2, 1863 - 4. 30 a. m.

Major General E. D. KEYES,

Commanding Fourth Army corps:

GENERAL: If you have fallen back to Baltimore Store, maintain yourself there, if possible; and, if you have sufficient force, attack the enemy, and drive him back to Bottom's Bridge. By command of Major-General Dix:

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. T. VAN BUREN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

WHITE HORSE, July 2, 1863 - 6 a. m.

Brigadier-General GORDON, Commanding Division:

GENERAL: From a dispatch received from General Keyes an hour ago, I fear he has fallen back to Baltimore Store. Send to the regi-