War of the Rebellion: Serial 045 Page 0586 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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cavalry across. What is the earliest time you could have one bridge at that point?

By order of General Meade:

G. K. WARREN,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Acting Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD CORPS, Mechanicstown, July 7, 1863-6. 20 p. m.

Major-General SEDGWICK,

Commanding Right Wing, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I have the honor to state that this corps moved from its position at Gettysburg this morning at 3 o'clock, and reached Saint Joseph's College at 10 a. m., and found the Sixth Corps halted. It was detained there until 1 p. m. by the Sixth Corps and its train, and has followed the train to this place.

The head of my column has just reached here, and I have determined to halt and bivouac, starting at an early hour in the morning, as my artillery horses are reported very jaded for want of rest and forage.

The citizens report a force of 2, 000 cavalry (Jenkins) on the Mountain road to Cavetown, Md. He was here Sunday, and took off much plunder.

I am, your obedient servant,

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General, commanding Third Corps.

HEADQUARTERS, Frederick City, July 7, 1863.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have one brigade at the South Mountain passes, three regiments here, and the remainder at Harper's Ferry. Must I change the disposition?

WM. H. FRENCH,

Major-General.

MIDDLETOWN, July 7, 1863-6. 20 p. m.

Major-General MEADE:

My head of column has just arrived at this point. Will encamp left of Hagerstown pike, just beyond the town. Fifth Corps has gone into camp about 8 miles, near High Knob.

Respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General.

HDQRS. ELEVENTH ARMY CORPS, July 7, 1863-9 p. m. (Received 11 p. m.)

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding:

GENERAL: For fear a wrong impression might exist from my last dispatch, I would say that one division is here, the order two having