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HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, September 2, 1863.

(Received 10. 20 a. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

The following dispatch of General Kilpatrick's, just received through General Pleasonton, is transmitted for your information:

HEADQUARTERS THIRD CAVALRY DIVISION,

September 1, 1863-3 p. m.

General PLEASONTON:

My advance drove in the rebel pickets one-half mile north of Kind George Court-House. I am advancing on the three roads. I have not yet learned the strength of the enemy. The gunboats came up to Port Conway on Saturday.

KILPATRICK,

General.

GEO G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

September 2, 1863.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

The following dispatch from General Kilpatrick, just received through General Pleasonton, is forwarded for your information:

HEADQUARTERS THIRD CAVALRY DIVISION,

September 2, 1863-5. 40 a. m.

I drove the enemy across the river last evening. Have my guns in position below and above the gunboats, near Port Conway. Elder is within 700 yards of one boat. The enemy have shown four guns. No news of the iron-clads.

J. KILPATRICK,

Brigadier-General.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,

September 2, 1863.

General PLEASONTON:

Everything is quiet. I have no news from Kilpatrick save what I sent last night. I thought I heard guns at 6 a. m. down the river, but am not positive. There is no change of the enemy in my front.

JNO. BUFORD,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, TWELFTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Ellis' Ford, Va., September 2, 1863.

(Received 6 p. m.)

Lieutenant Colonel H. C. RODGERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: I have the honor to state, for the information of the general commanding corps, that General Greene reported to me at 7. 30 o'clock last evening that the cavalry pickets stationed at Skinker's Dam, about a mile below Ellis' Ford, were being fired upon. His brigade was put under arms, and Major Thomas, with 100 men of