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General Sykes has advanced to where General Newton's headquarters were yesterday, but will be withdrawn to his position in front of Culpeper in the event of its being necessary. The Second Corps will co-operate with you.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

OCTOBER 10, 1863-9. 15 a. m.

Commanding Officer Fifth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you hold yourself in readiness to return to your former position at a moment's notice. The enemy are advancing upon our right from Madison Court-House, but the attack has not yet fully developed itself. Have you heard from General Newton, and where is he?

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

MORTON'S FORD, October 10, 1863-9. 30 a. m.

Colonel SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Cavalry Corps:

SIR: The enemy attacked the rear guard, and a very lively skirmish occurred. Our cavalry made a gallant charge. All our troops have crossed the ford.

NICHOLAS NOLAN,

Lieutenant Sixth U. S. Cavalry.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 10, 1863-9. 30 a. m.

Commanding Officer Second Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you get your trains well in your rear on the south side of the railroad, so that they may move either to Rappahannock Station by the road on the south side of the railroad or to Kelly's Ford. Ammunition and ambulance trains are not included.

Very respectfully, &c.,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

OCTOBER 10, 1863.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

The courier has just brought back a verbal message from General Prince that Stuart is crossing the river to attack him. I supposed that our cavalry was in his front.

WM. H. FRENCH,

Major-General.