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WAR DEPARTMENT,

Washington, October 2, 1863-1 p. m.

Major-General MEADE,

Army of the Potomac:

Colonel McCallum recommends that the troops now at Warrenton Junction be encamped in the woods south of the station, so as to protect the water-tank and wood-choppers at the same time.

Please send me, as nearly as you can, the number of enemy's dead left in our hands at the battle of Gettysburg.

H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief.

MITCHELL'S,

October 2, 1863.

General WILLIAMS:

The following report is just received from the picket line:

HDQRS. THIRD BRIGADE, THIRD DIVISION, SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 2, 1863.

GEORGE P. CORTS,

Captain, and Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: I have the honor to report that unusual activity prevailed all of last night in the enemy's camps. Railroad cars were running the night long, indicating either the arrival or departure of troops.

JOSHUA T. OWEN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HDQRS. FIRST ARMY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 2, 1863.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: The general officers of the day have been reporting for several days that the enemy has been extending his works at Raccoon Ford, Morton's Ford, and above these places. I cannot account for this except that he intends to cover and sustain a movement in some other direction. Some of the officers on picket imagine that they have recognized a diminution of the force opposite us.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN NEWTON,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION,

October 2, 1863.

Colonel H. B. SARGENT,

Commanding First Brigade, Second Division:

Upon being relieved at Catlett's Station and Bristoe Station by brigades of Howe's division of infantry, you will proceed with your brigade to Hartwood Church, and establish a line of pickets on the Rappahannock from Falmouth to Kelly's Ford, relieving the pickets