(Sent to Artillery Reserve, near Warrenton Junction; commanding officers Eleventh Corps, Warrenton Junction; Twelfth Corps, Kelly's Ford; Second Corps, Morrisville; Third Corps, via Bealeton; Fifth Corps, Rappahannock Station; Sixth Corps, Warrenton, and First Corps Rappahannock Station.)
CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
August 14, 1863-10 p. m.
The major-general commanding directs that the troops keep three days' rations in the haversack, and be prepared to march at a moment's notice.
By command of Major-General Meade:
August 14, 1863-11 a. m.
There is a current rumor that Stuart, with several thousand men, is preparing to make a dash at the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, with the view of breaking it up between Accoting and Manassas. Use your spies and scouts freely on the south side of the railroad toward Dumfries, so as to get timely notice of such an attempt, should it be made.
POOLESVILLE, MD., August 14, 1863
(Received 12. 30 p. m.)
Major T. T. ECKERT:
About 6 or 8 cavalrymen rode through this place this morning, and went about 5 miles below here, toward Darnestown, and inquired for Colonel Dawson, revenue collector. He was not at home. They took 3 horses from his place. A little after 4 a. m. they returned, passing close by my office. Captain Means' officers say none of their men were out last night; say also they heard that White was at Waterford and intended crossing last night, but the report came too late for them to send out scouting parties. I am quite confident that it was a party of Confederates.
HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
August 14, 1863
Major General J. G. FOSTER,
Commanding Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina:
GENERAL: I have the honor to report my arrival, and that I have assumed command of the Eighteenth Army Corps, in pursuance of