War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0218 OPERATIONS IN N. C.,VA., W. VA., MD.,AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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SIGNAL DEPT., HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

September 21, 1863.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following dispatches were just received, and are respectfully forwarded for the information of the general commanding:

CEDAR MOUNTAIN SIGNAL STATION,

September 21, 1863.

Captain NORTON, Chief Signal Officer:

Not as many troops employed on earth-works along the river as yesterday. Works to protect ten guns nearly finished at Rapidan Station. Nearly two brigades of infantry left Rapidan Station at 11. 30 a. m. going southwest. Fifteen wagons left park near station at same time. Camp smokes toward and 3 miles this side of Madison Court-House.

CASTLE,

Captain, and Signal Officer.

The following rebel message was read from Clark's Mountain by Captain Castle on Cedar Mountain:

General S. [STUART:]

The enemy picket all the fords as far as Fredericksburg. When must the expedition start?

FITZ. LEE,

General.

Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,

L. B. NORTON,

Captain, and Chief Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

September 21, 1863.

Major General O. O. HOWARD,

Commanding Eleventh Corps:

An intercepted rebel dispatch from Clark's Mountain this afternoon shows that a cavalry raid by Fitz. Lee's brigade will be set on foot, probably to-night, to move round our left. Among its objects is doubtless a blow at the railroad bridges. A part of our cavalry is on the watch for them, but your command should be on its guard. *

HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

SEPTEMBER 21, 1863-10 p. m.

Commanding Officer Twelfth Corps:

The following rebel dispatch from Clark's Mountain was intercepted this afternoon, indicating an intended raid upon our left flank. Measures have been taken to meet it with our cavalry.

General S. [STUART:]

The enemy picket all the fords as far as Fredericksburg. When must the expedition start?

FITZ. LEE,

General.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

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*Substance of this dispatch telegraphed by Howard to commanding officers at Bealeton, Manassas Junction, and Rappahannock Station.

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