War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0264 OPERATIONS IN N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

October 7, 1863.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

The following rebel dispatch just intercepted:

General LEE:

Since you were here the wagon train near Mitchell's Station has nearly disappeared gone toward Culpeper.

PITZER,

Major, Aide-de-Camp.

JOHN NEWTON,

Major-General.

OCTOBER 7, 1863-7 p. m.

Major-General FRENCH,

Commanding Third Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that a division of your corps, with one battery of Napoleons, move promptly to-morrow morning at 4 o'clock, to James City, and support the cavalry in the event of its being attacked. Should the division be forced the retire by superior numbers, it will resume its present position. Three days' rations will be taken with the command. The service being temporary, the trains of the division will remain with those of the corps.

Information received to-day indicates the probability of a reconnaissance in force by the enemy's cavalry on our right flank to-morrow.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

Major-General FRENCH:

There was no mistake in the name of James City. It is on the road from Culpeper Court-House to Madison Court-House, and about 8 miles from Culpeper.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

CLARKSBURG, October 7, 1863.

Colonel MULLIGAN, Petersburg:

Imboden has been re-enforced with some cavalry from Lee's army, and is preparing for an expedition near Woodstock. Be on the alert and ready for him if he intends paying his respects to you.

I have advised Colonel Campbell.

B. F. KELLY,

Brigadier-General.

SUB-DISTRICT OF THE ALBEMARLE,

Plymouth, N. C., October 7, 1863.

Commanding Officer Norfolk, Va.:

SIR: Refugees from Edenton and vicinity represent the condition of affairs in that section as follows: Colonel Hinton (of so-called