WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, October 18, 1863-7 p. m .
Army of the Potomac:
The attack on Charlestown was not in great force. Enemy finally repulsed. General Sullivan has promised details, but none received. Lee is unquestionably bullying you. If you cannot ascertain his movements, I certainly cannot. If you pursue and fight him, I think you will find out where he is. I know of no other way.
H. W. HALLECK,
OCTOBER 18, 1863-8. 30 p. m. (Received 10 p. m.)
Your telegram of 7 p. m. just received. If you have any orders to give me, I am prepared to receive and obey them, but I must insist on being spared the infliction of such truisms in the guise of opinions as you have recently honored me with, particularly as they were not asked for. I take this occasion to repeat what I have before stated, that if my course, based on my own judgment, does not meet with approval, I ought to be, and I desire to be, relieved from command.
GEO. G. MEADE,
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS, October 18, 1863-12. 40 a. m.
Chief of Staff:
GENERAL: Is General Griffin's division (which was the only part of this corps ordered to move) to go to Centerville at daylight or not? Your dispatch reads thus:
The order to move your corps at 5 a. m. is countermanded. Let Griffin go. Hold the rest of the corps ready to move in any direction at daylight.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
SIGNAL STATION, October 18, 1863.
Chief of Staff:
The signal officer at Blackburn's Ford reports "enemy's camp fires still in rear of Bristoe. " Two large regiments of cavalry seen at Manassas.
L. B. NORTON,
Captain, and Chief Signal Officer.