War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0299 Chapter XLI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. -UNION.

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Beverly. Order back General Buford also. The enemy are endeavoring to cross at Sulphur Springs in force. General Sykes should bring his whole force this side of the Rappahannock.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 12, 1863-9. 30 p. m.

Commanding Officer Second Corps:

The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that the enemy are crossing in force at Sulphur Springs, and directs that you move immediately, and with the utmost dispatch, to Warrenton Junction, and take position there looking toward Warrenton. Your ammunition and ambulance trains will accompany you. Order the bridge trains to Rappahannock Station at once. You will be advised of any change of headquarters.

Very respectfully, &c.,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

(Same to commanding officer Third Corps.)

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 12, 1863-10 p. m.

Commanding Officer Third Corps:

The major-general commanding directs you to put your corps in position looking toward Sulphur Springs and Warrenton. General Warren is ordered to Fayetteville. General Gregg is at the same place. Orders may be sent to you to move at any moment. Have your corps ready for prompt action.

Very respectfully, &c.,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 12, 1863-10 p. m.

[General FRENCH:]

GENERAL: General Gregg reports that he has been driven away from Sulphur Springs, and that the enemy are crossing there in large force. There is a regiment of cavalry at Lawson's and Freeman's Fords that should connect with your pickets on the right. They may be driven in in the morning, and you may be attacked. If so, I will immediately support you, but I may also send orders requiring you to fall back. Be ready for either contingency.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

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

Commanding Officer Second Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you move with the utmost promptitude to Fayetteville, and put your corps in position