War of the Rebellion: Serial 045 Page 0729 Chapter XXXIX. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, Wood Grove, Va., July 20, 1863-8. 45 p. m.

General SLOCUM,

Commanding Twelfth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The rear of the Third Corps train has not yet left Wood Grove. I have halted here. Probably the rear of my train will not leave Wood Grove before 1 p. m.

Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,


Brigadier-General, Commanding Second Corps.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, July 20, 1863-8. 45 p. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I inclose a dispatch just received from General Buford; also a note from the aide, * Thompson, who brought it, giving information that some pontoons and troops were to arrive at Front Royal to-day. This information came in after Buford's note was written. Very respectfully,


Major-General, Commanding.


RECTORTOWN, July 20, 1863-5 p. m.

Colonel C. ROSS SMITH:

I have just dispatched the reserve to Manassas Gap, and the First Brigade, with guns, to Chester Gap. I have seen no enemy worth naming; about 40 or 50 of Mosby's, a few of White's, and some stragglers from Jones. I apprehend no trouble at either gap. I was detained longer that I anticipated by having to reconnoiter Ashby's [Gap]. The information I received about Ashby's [Gap] last night was ugly. This morning it was disproved. I will move to-night with Devin and the trains to near Salem. Where shall I go next? My train is empty, save rations. I am, your obedient servant, JNO. BUFORD, Brigadier-General of Volunteers.

CAMP NEAR UNION, VA., July 20, 1863-9 p. m.

General M. C. MEIGS,

Quartermaster-General, U. S. Army, Washington, D. C.:

General Meade wishes you to be informed that from present indications we shall probably be obliged to depend upon the Manassas Gap Railroad, making a temporary depot at White Plains. He desires that that railroad be put in order to White Plains as soon as practicable.


Lieutenant Colonel, Asst. Chief Quartermaster, Army of the Potomac.


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