War of the Rebellion: Serial 045 Page 0514 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, July 4, 1863-6. 35 a. m. (Received 8. 25 a. m.)

Major General GEORGE [G.] MEADE,

Commanding U. S. Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: In order to promote the comfort and convenience of the officers and men captured be the opposing armies in the recent engagements, I respectfully propose that an exchange be made at once.

Should this proposition be acceptable, please indicate the hour and point between the lines of the armies where such an exchange can be made.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. E. LEE,


HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 3, [4,] 1863-8. 25 a. m.

General R. E. LEE,

Commanding Army of Northern Virginia:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of this date, proposing to make an exchange at once of the captured officers and men in my possession, and have to say, most respectfully, that it is not in my power to accede to the proposed arrangement.

Very respectfully, &c.,


Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH CORPS SIGNAL STATION, July 4, 1863-6. 45 a. m. (Received 9 a. m.)

Captain NORTON:

The wagon train of the enemy are moving toward Millerstown, on the road leading from Gettysburg to the Fairfield road. Enemy show avery heavy line of skirmishers, extending from our extreme left to the brick house on our right. Look out for our flag.


Lieutenants, Signal Officers.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 4, 1863-8. 30 a. m.

Major-General COUCH:

I send herewith duplicate of dispatch sent last evening. The enemy has withdrawn form his positions occupied for attack. I am not yet sufficiently informed of the nature of his movement. He was repulsed yesterday in his attack upon me. You will, therefore, be governed by the instructions heretofore sent you.

Until I get further information, I cannot decide as to the character of the movements or the enemy's intentions.



(Copy to General Halleck.)