War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0224 OPERATIONS IN N. C.,VA.,W. VA.,MD.,AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 424. Washington, September 22, 1863.

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8. Leave of absence for ten days, from the 28th instant, is hereby granted Major General R. C. Schenck, U. S. Volunteers.

Bvt. Brigadier General W. W. Morris, U. S. Army, is hereby assigned to the command of the Middle Department during the absence of Major-General Schenck.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SEPTEMBER 23, 1863-9. 40 a. m.

(Received 10 a. m.)

Major-General MEADE,

Washington:

Nothing new this morning. Signal officer at Cedar Mountain reported last night that Buford had driven enemy's cavalry across the Rapidan.

A dispatch from Buford, dated 3. 40 p. m., received late last night, says: "We are driving the enemy toward the river. " Will communicate as soon as any dispatch is received. All is quiet.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

SEPTEMBER 23, 1863-3. 15 p. m.

(Received 3. 25 p. m.)

Major-General MEADE:

A dispatch from General Buford is just received, dated 8. 30 a. m. The reconnaissance was completely successful.

General Buford wrote from vicinity of Barnett's Ford. He is now returning by way of Robertson's Ford, and the engineer officers have just returned.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

SEPTEMBER 23, 1863-12. 40 p. m.

Commanding Officer Second Corps:

The latest report we had last night from Buford was dated 3. 45 p. m. He was then driving the enemy's cavalry. The signal officer on Cedar Mountain reported during the evening, between 8 and 9 o'clock, that Buford had driven the enemy's cavalry across the Rapidan. No more will be expected from your command to-day.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.