Communicate a copy of these instructions to the General-in-Chief for his information. Acknowledge.
Very respectfully, &c.,
Major-General, Chief of Staff.
(Copy received by General Halleck, 6. 45 p. m., by telegram from General French, Frederick, Md.)
HARRISBURG, PA., July 3, 1863-10 p. m. (Received, War Department, midnight.)
Major-General MEADE, Army of the Potomac:
I will move 9, 000 men from Carlisle after 12 o'clock to-night. We hope to strike near Cashtown. I have also ordered my men in Bedford County forward, to harass near Chambersburg and Greencastle. My cavalry have been at Fayettteville.
D. N. COUCH,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 3, 1863.
General D. N. COUCH:
Telegraph dispatches reach me through Baltimore and Frederick. My cavalry have been at Berlin. The country between this and you is probably clear of all but stragglers-your easy prey. Your officers could communicate with me now via Hanover and Taneytown.
GEO. G. MEADE,
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, July 3, 1863-6 a. m.
Brigadier-General GREGG, Commanding Second Cavalry Division:
GENERAL: The general commanding is fearful of the enemy obtaining possession of the ridge on the Baltimore turnpike, behind the bridge, which is the right of General Slocum's position, and wishes you to place a force of cavalry and battery, to hold that position, to the right of the road facing Gettysburg. This point is so important that it must be held at all hazards.
BATTLE-FIELD, Gettysburg, Pa., July 3, 1863-7 a. m.
(Received 8. 30 p. m.)
General M. C. MEIGS, Quartermaster-General, Washington:
At this moment the battle is raging as fiercely as ever. The fight was renewed at 3. 30 this morning. The loss has been great on both