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JUNE 9, 1863-8. 30 p. m.

General BUTTERFIELD:

General Sykes reports at United States Ford and vicinity all outposts of the enemy having heretofore 8 men and upward have been reduced this p. m. to 2, and entirely withdrawn above mouth of Rapidan to Deep Run. Colonel [Strong] Vincent reported this morning their withdrawal above mouth od Deep Run to Kelly's Ford.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS, FIFTH CORPS,

June 9, 1863-10. 35 p. m.

[General BUTTERFIELD?]

The following dispatch has just been received from headquarters Second Division. It will be forwarded to General Barnes, with instructions to send a copy to General Pleasonton.

Captain GEORGE RYAN,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Division:

The enemy have relieved their pickets from the mouth of the Rapidan up to our extreme right. An hour And a half ago the captain in charge of our pickets at United States Ford reported to me that half the Rappahannock, on the south side, is very muddy. This was first observed about 4 o'clock. I sent an officer to examine the river as far as the mouth of the Rapidan. As I Expected, this muddy water comes from that river. The inference in my mind is that a column of rebel troops (probably cavalry) have been crossing the Rapidan at no great distance above its mouth since 3. 30 or 4 o'clock. Respectfully, your obedient servant, P. H. O'RORKE, Colonel, Commanding Brigade.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS, FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

June 9, 1863-11. 15 p. m.

Major- General BUTTERFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

General Sykes has just sent in a prisoner, a deserter from the rebels, taken by Colonel O'Rorke at United States Ford. This man belonged to the Forty-eighth Mississippi Regiment. Says he has been out of the service a month. States that most of their army is off toward Culpeper, and considerable cavalry opposite here. Will send him in to-morrow morning.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS, CAVALRY DIVISION,

June 9, 1863.

Colonel DUFFIE,

Commanding Second Cavalry Division:

COLONEL: After crossing your division at Kelly's Ford, you will march it directly upon Stevensburg, following the road leading to Raccoon Ford. Arrived at Stevensburg, you will halt and com-