HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TEH POTOMAC, October 14, 1863-7. 30 p. m.
Commanding Officer Second Corps:
The major-general commanding directs that you withdraw to Centerville to-night, if it be practicable. If it is not practicable, the major-general commanding desires to know it at teh earliest moment possible.
Very respectfully, &c.,
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Major-General, and Chief of Staff.
CENTERVILLE, VA., October 14, 1863-10 p. m. (Received 12. 30 a. m. 15th.)
The enemy attacked my rear guard, the Second Corps, at Bristoe, about 4 p. m. General Warren repulsed them, capturing a battery and over 100 prisoners. General Warren fought them until dark, the Fifth Corps is now withdrawing and teh Second will be withdrawn to-night. The army will then be here to await teh further movements of teh enemy.
The army is somewhat exhausted by teh recent marches, and unless the enemy compels a movement to-morrow, I shall give them rest.
GEO. G. MEADE,
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, October 14, 1863-10. 30 p. m.
I have withdrawn from Bristoe and am now within 2 miles of Blackburn's Ford. Warren will follow. He had withdrawn his artillery before I left him. I think Gregg has gone to Brentsville to join Buford and the trains. I think I shall bivouac between Blackburn's Ford and Centerville.
CENTERVILLE, VA., October 14, 1863. (Received 12. 30 a. m., 15th.)
Please advise me of the troops you have in front of Washington, the position and number; also, what troops are being forwarded to Fairfax Station.
GEO. G. MEADE,