War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0295 Chapter XLI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -UNION.

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BEVERLY FORD,

October 12, 1863-9. 50 a. m.

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

No infantry or artillery discernable opposite the ford. Quite a large force of cavalry massed opposite to the right of where they were grazing this morning early, Dr. Green's house. They seem to be concentrating at this point and in rear of it in the woods.

HOLLAND,

Signal Officer.

P. S. - The ridge this side of Brandy Station has some force upon it. That which can be seen appears to be cavalry and a battery.

GEO. SYKES,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 12, 1863-10. 15 a. m.

Commanding Officer Sixth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you hold your command in readiness to move forward immediately, with ammunition and ambulance trains, leaving the other trains where they are now parked. The major-general commanding desires to see you in person immediately.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 12, 1863-10. 20 a. m.

Commanding Officer Fifth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you hold your corps ready to move forward immediately with ammunition and ambulances trains. Instructions to march will be sent you as soon as they can be prepared.

Very respectfully, &c.,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 12, 1863-10. 30 a. m.

Commanding Officer Second Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you move to Rappahannock Station with your ammunition and ambulance trains, leaving a brigade at Bealeton as a protection to the depot. General Sedgwick is ordered to take position on the heights at Brandy Station with his own corps, the Fifth Corps, and Buford's cavalry. Your corps will be held ready at Rappahannock Stationed to advance to Brandy Station.

Very respectfully, &c.,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.