War of the Rebellion: Serial 045 Page 0039 (Untitled)

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 9, 1863-12. 10 p. m.

Brigadier-General PLEASONTON,

Beverly Ford (via Warrenton):

Dispatch 7. 40 received. If you cannot make head against the force in front of you, return and take your position on the north bank of the river, and defend it. At this distance it is impossible for the general to understand all of your circumstances. Exercise your best judgment, and the general will be satisfied.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

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JUNE 9, 1863-2. 30 p. m.

General BUTTERFIELD:

Report just received form General Barnes, dated 12. 30 p. m. Enemy's pickets withdrawn from Ails' Ford. Cavalry crossed at Kelly's Ford at 7 a. m. Firing, supposed to be at Rappahannock Station. A deserter from the Sixty-third North Carolina Cavalry came in at Ellis' Ford last evening; says a squadron of his regiment picketed at Ellis'; believes there is a large force of infantry and cavalry back, but is not sure; says his regiment has only arrived two weeks since from North Carolina. I send him in to the provost marshal-general.

GEO. G. MEADE.

Major-General.

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HEADQUARTERS, CAVALRY CORPS,

June 9, 1863-2. 40 p. m.

Major-General STAHEL,

Kettle Run:

I will recross this p. m. I send my trains to Bealeton. Please give them protection.

A. PLEASONTON,

Brigadier-General.

(Line not working; copy sent by swift messenger.)

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HEADQUARTERS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 9, 1863-6 p. m.

General PLEASONTON:

A deserter reports the North Carolina cavalry re-enforcement to consist of two regiments from Robertson's brigade; strong, and having about 1, 800 men between them. The general thinks 10, 000 a very liberal calculation to cover all cavalry. within your reach anywhere; this from all data obtained here so far.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

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HEADQUARTERS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 9, 1863-6. 30 p. m.

Major-General MEADE:

General Pleasonton asks to have 1, 000 men sent to Brandy Station, fearing that the enemy may bring up re-enforcement during the