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speeches against rebellion. I call your attention to Mr. Bryan as you are probably posted about him. If there is any suspicion I will send him to the North, as I wish no doubtful men within my lines.

JOHN J. PECK.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. MIDDLE DEPT., 8TH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 48.

Baltimore, Md., October 10, 1863.

Having returned from my temporary absence, I hereby resume command of the Middle Department and Eighth Army Corps.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPARTMENT, ADT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 454.

Washington, October 10, 1863.

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14. Brigadier General E. A. Wild, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby relieved from duty in the Department of the South, and will proceed without delay to New Berne, N. C., to complete the organization of the Third Regiment North Carolina Colored Volunteers.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CLARKSBURG, W. VA., October 10, 1863.

(Received 5 p. m.)

Major-General STONEMAN,

Chief of Cavalry Bureau:

I ordered General Scammon to direct General Duffie to hold himself in readiness for an important movement. The following telegram just received. Will you please issue an order authorizing Captain Gardner or Captain Stealy, assistant quartermasters, to purchase the horses?

General KELLEY:

General Duffie needs 200 horses at once. So many are unserviceable that his command be efficient without this number in addition.

SCAMMON,

Brigadier-General.

B. F. KELLEY,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 11, 1863-8. 30 a. m. (Received 8. 50 a. m.)

His Excellency ABRAHAM LINCOLN,

President of the United States:

I am falling back to the Rappahannock. The enemy are either moving to my right and rear or moving down on my flank, I can not tell which, as their movements are not developed. I am prepared for either emergency.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.