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buried will be kept, and returns made, through corps headquarters, to the assistant adjutant-general. The arms, accouterments, &c., will all be collected, and turned over to the ordnance officers. Reports of the number and kinds of each picked up will be reported to these headquarters.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 4, 1863.

Corps commanders will report the present position of the troops under their command in their immediate front, location, &c., amount of supplies on hand, and condition.

The intention of the major-general commanding is not to make any present move, but to refit and rest for to-day. The opportunity must be made use of to get the commands well in hand, and ready for such duties as the general may direct. The lines as held are not to be changed without orders, the skirmishers being simply advanced, according to instructions given, to find and report the position and lines of the enemy.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Numbers 180.

July 4, 1863.

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II. Brigadier-General Copeland, recently serving in General Stahel's cavalry division, is relieved from duty with this army, and will report for orders to the Adjutant-General of the Army.

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By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Gettysburg, Pa., July 4, 1863-8. 10 p. m.

General M. C. MEIGS,

Quartermaster-General, Washington:

The enemy has been defeated and has retreated to the mountain passes, and will probably flee rapidly across the Potomac. We have about 12, 000 wounded, I think, though not known yet. The enemy's wounded lie on the field still. The battle was a long and most desperate one.

I trust now that the Army of the Potomac may be regarded as capable of fighting. Our supplies are coming up. We marched and fought this battle without baggage or wagons.

RUFUS INGALLS,

Brigadier-General.