War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0314 OPERATIONS IN N. C.,VA.,W. VA.,MD., AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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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.)

Major-General HALLECK:

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 General Warren fought them until dark, the Fifth Corps is now withdrawing and teh Second will be withdrawn to-night.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,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, October 14, 1863-10. 30 p. m.

General HUMPHREYS:

I have withdrawn from Bristoe and am now within 2 miles of Blackburn's Ford.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 He had withdrawn his artillery before I left him.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.

Respectfully,

GEO. SYKES,

Major-General.

CENTERVILLE, VA., October 14, 1863. (Received 12. 30 a. m., 15th.)

Major-General AUGUR:

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,

Major-General.