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HEADQUARTERS,

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

Colonel SMITH,

Asst. Adjt. General, Cavalry Corps:

COLONEL: The enemy crossed the river, about 2 miles above the ford, with artillery and cavalry. Heavy skirmishing took place, our men driving them back. I saw six guns. We are returning slowly.

NICHOLAS NOLAN.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 10, 1863-10. 25 a. m.

As it is not impossible that the enemy may follow in force the movement of the army to-morrow, the commanding general directs that corps commanders will remain at the rear of their commands, so that they may at the earliest moment receive any instructions the commanding general may wish to send to them.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(To commanding officers.)

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, October 10, 1863.

(Copy received at War Department 12. 20 p. m.)

Major-General STONEMAN,

Chief of Cavalry Bureau:

I desire the Reserve Brigade, or such portions of it as are able to move, to join me without the least delay. My cavalry is now engaged with the enemy, and I am in expectation of the most active operations, in which I shall require every mounted man I can raise. Please send them out as soon as possible.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

OCTOBER 10, 1863-1 p. m.

Commanding Officer Sixth Corps:

Your dispatch received. The major-general commanding desires to know whether heavy artillery on Piney Mountain would be serviceable to you? If so, it can be sent to you from the reserve.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

OCTOBER 10, 1863.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

Lieutenant Ordway, of General Prince's staff, has just been here and reported that General Prince had assumed command of the whole force, and that he is convinced that the enemy is greatly superior to