War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0060 OPERATIONS IN N. C., VA.,W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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XIV. All passes and privileges at variance with the above order are hereby revoked.

By command of Brigadier General Henry M. Naglee:

GEORGE H. JOHNSTON,

Captain, and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 17, 1863.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Second Corps:

It is reported here that distant firing was heard about daylight in a direction east of south. Did you hear or learn anything of it; if so, in what direction was it; how far distant?

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS, August 17, 1863-9. 30 a. m.

Major-General SLOCUM,

Commanding Twelfth Corps:

Did you hear firing about daylight this morning; and,if so, in what direction, and at what distance?

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

RAPPAHANNOCK STATION, August 17, 1863.

(Received 10. 45 a. m.)

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

The following rebel signal message has just been intercepted by our officers:

I am satisfied there is a movement of the enemy of position from front to flank and rear.

STUART.

Also fragments of another message:

As seen from here, none on this side of river. Large trains of wagons appear to be moving up the river on the other side. Quite hazy this a. m.

BARNES.

JOHN NEWTON,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 17, 1863.

(Received 11. 30 a. m.)

Major-General HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

On my return, on the 15th, information derived from scouts led to the belief the enemy contemplated a movement by the United States Ford, on my left flank.

The report derived from the soldiers's talk was that the whole army was to be thrown across at that place and an effort made to get in