War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0274 OPERATIONS IN N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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OCTOBER 9, 1863-9. 15 p. m.

Commanding Officer First Corps:

In reply to your inquiry, General Buford has been ordered to communicate to you the fact of his having crossed as soon as he is over. Immediately upon your hearing from him that he has crossed, you will at once move to cross. Have your force in position in readiness to cross. Buford will probably be over the river by daylight.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 9, 1863-10. 15 p. m.

Commanding Officer Fifth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you move your corps to the vicinity of the point where General Newton has his headquarters, and there mass it, screened from the observation of the enemy. The movement should be made promptly immediately upon receipt of this order, not later than 2 a. m. The regiment in culpeper will be left there. Your ammunition train and ambulances will accompany you, the other trains will be left.

Upon reaching the point designated you will hold your command ready to support General Newton and General Sedgwick, upon being so directed by the major-general commanding. A copy of the instructions to those officers is sent herewith. General Newton's headquarters are in telegraphic communication with these headquarters. They are near the house marked J. M. Colvin on the map.

Very respectfully, &c.,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

OCTOBER 9, 1863-10. 45 p. m.

Commanding Officer First and Sixth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that Major-General Sykes has been directed to move the Fifth Corps to the vicinity of General Newton's headquarters by daylight, and there mass it in the woods screened from the observation of the enemy. It will be held ready to support General Newton, should he require it, in crossing the river or subsequently, or to support Generals Sedgwick and Newton, should they require support at any time during the operations assigned to their corps.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

OCTOBER 9, 1863-11 p. m.

Commanding Officer First Corps:

The major-general commanding directs me to say that the movements ordered for to-morrow are based upon the supposition that the enemy is retiring from the Rapidan. This supposition may