HEADQUARTERS FIRST CORPS,
In front of Middletown, Md., July 8, 1863-9 a. m.
Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS:
GENERAL: Two divisions of my corps and the artillery are now in camp at this place. The other will be here shortly. General Sedgwick requested me to state that two divisions of the Sixth Corps will follow the First Corps. He thought the artillery of the Sixth Corps and the Third Corps entire would consume at least all day in getting here. This delay has been in consequence of the extremely bad roads over the mountain.
HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Frederick City, Md., July 8, 1863.
Commanding Second Division:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you collect all the detachments of your command which are in the vicinity of this place; march with them to the vicinity of Boonsborough, where you will take command of the brigade of your division now serving with General Kilpatrick. The remainder or your command will be ordered to join you there.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. J. ALEXANDER,
Chief of Staff, and Assistant Adjutant-General.
BOONSBOROUGH, July 8, 1863-11. 30 a. m.
The enemy has forced General Merritt back near the town. General Buford is about to withdraw to the mountain, and take position. I shall hold the town as long as possible, and then retire, fighting, on Buford.
Brigadier-General of Volunteers.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 8, 1863-2 p. m.
Major General O. O. HOWARD, Commanding Eleventh Corps:
SIR: The commanding general directs that you forthwith move your corps to the top of South Mountain. We have information that the enemy is driving in our pickets at Boonsborough. The accompanying dispatch* shows the urgency of the movement. Should you require supplies, they can be sent up to you.
Report your arrival at the position to which you are ordered. By command of Major-General Meade:
*See Kilpatrick to Pleasonton, preceding letter.