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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 5, 1863.

Major-General SYKES,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

GENERAL: If your troops are all in hand, none out with Sedgwick or in his support, and none to be required, you can move out on the road to Emmitsburg, the left-hand road, going a short distance on the Taneytown road, and leaving it before it crosses Rock Creek. After moving out about 4 or 5 miles, wait further orders from General Howard, massing your troops of the road. I will communicate a copy of this order to General Howard. Answer.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

[P. S.]-Please send a staff officer here, or an intelligent orderly, who can find you and take your orders to you when issued.

(Copy to Major-General Howard.)

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS, July 5, 1863-4. 30 a. m.

[Major-General BUTTERFIELD, Chief of Staff:]

My troops are all in hand, excepting the pickets. As soon as they are recalled, the command will move. Shall I take my ammunition train or leave it here?

Respectfully, &c.,

GEO. SYKES,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, July 5, 1863.

Major-General BUTTERFIELD,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that the troops of this corps are all in line and kept well in hand.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

(For Major-General Sykes:)

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 5, 1863.

Major-General SEDGWICK:

All indications on our right indicate the withdrawal of the enemy via Cashtown and Fairfield. General Birney reports a column of infantry moving to his (Birney's) left, and asks permission to fire upon it with artillery. This has been denied, he having gone out about 2 miles beyond the line of rifle-pits occupied by the enemy, yesterday. It is not the intention of the general to bring on an en-