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IV. The Second and Third Division will from a command, under Brigadier-General Gregg.

By command of Brigadier-General Pleasonton:

A. J. COHEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 7, 1863

Major-General MEADE.

Commanding Fifth Army Corps:

The idea was to find out, if possible, what troops the enemy have at Bank's Ford, without bringing on a fight, by any stratagem or device that circumstances might make prudent. The general does not wish your forces there known. The accumulation of the troops in Sedgwick's front render any demonstration necessary [unnecessary]. * Do the two fords at Banks', reported by you practicable for infantry, still remain so since the rain?

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

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JUNE 7, 1863.

Commanding Officer Fifth Corps:

The general does not desire any demonstration, and only a feeler at Banks' Ford, to ascertain, if possible, what is opposite you there.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

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HEADQUARTERS, CAVALRY FORCES, Near Warrenton Junction,

June 7, 1863-3 a. m.

General BUTTERFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

I send you a copy of dispatch from Colonel Duffie, viz: I am safe with my command. The reconnaissance has been successful, and without any loss save 1 horse, which was shot in a skirmish. I went 4 and l/2 miles from Culpeper. The enemy has constantly run away from me, and did not show any idea of a fight. I shall forward my report to-morrow.

I am, very respectfully,

JNO. BUFORD,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers.

PHILLIPS HOUSE, June 7, 1863-6. 45 a. m.

(Received 7. 30 a. m)

General COUCH:

The four-gun battery reported yesterday opposite Falmouth has been removed. Nothing to be seen of the enemy above the city. The enemy's infantry are distinctly seen this a. m., occupying the rifle-

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* See BUTTERFIELD to commanding officer Fifth Corps, same date, following.

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