SEPTEMBER 20, 1863-1. 15 p. m.
Commanding Officer Second Corps:
Will you have the Rapidan above the fork of Robertson's River and Robertson's River examined, so far as they can be from Cedar Mountain, to ascertain to what degree they are more favorable generally for crossing and taking position upon than the Rapidan below the railroad bridge, and also to ascertain what points upon those rivers should be examined carefully with a view to crossing? There are no engineer officers here at present to send you for the purpose.
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Major-General, and Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH CORPS,
September 20, 1863.
Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:
Captain Higgins, Seventy-third Ohio Volunteers, with a patrol, took 2 rebel prisoners near Brentsville. I send them to General Patrick this a. m.
O. O. HOWARD,
MITCHELL'S STATION, September 20, 1863.
(Received 6. 15 p. m.)
Captain L. B. NORTON, Chief Signal Officer:
Dispatch received. The following messages read to-day:
11 a. m.
All quiet in this front; no change observed in enemy's camps.
1. 35 p. m.
All quiet. There is a Yankee signal station of Thoroughfare Mountain.
4. 20 p. m.
We have seen only one small party of cavalry to-day. Infantry seem to have taken their places on their whole [sic].
5 p. m.
No material change in enemy's camps. Small bodies of infantry moved; apparently picket reliefs. Small trains moving back from your front.
5 p. m.
All quiet in front.
5. 50 p. m.
Send wagons of Second North Carolina Cavalry to them to-day near Robertson's River.