War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0356 OPERATIONS IN N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 19, 1863-9 p. m.

Commanding Officer Third Corps:

Information just received indicates the probability of our meeting the enemy to-morrow morning in front of Gainesville. The Second Corps is ordered to move at 4 o'clock to-morrow morning to Gainesville, by the road from Bristoe, marked in red on the map sent you herewith. You will follow the Second Corps, beginning the march at 6 o'clock, and he prepared to take position on the left of the Second Corps. Should it find the Sixth Corps in position at Gainesville, form on its left.

General Sedgwick, followed by General Sykes, will be ordered to move to Buckland Mills at 6 o'clock to-morrow morning. Newton will remain at Hay Market. You should keep well closed on the Second Corps, and move in double column of infantry, artillery between.

Headquarters will be at Gainesville, or between that point and Buckland Mills.

Information received from General Kilpatrick indicates that both Hill's and Ewell's corps were at Warrenton to-day.

Very respectfully, &c.,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 19, 1863-9 p. m.

Commanding Officer Fifth Corps:

The indications to-night being that the enemy are in front of General Newton and General Sedgwick, the major-general commanding considers it to be important that you should be up at Gainesville by daylight, and directs that you move to Gainesville at 3 o'clock to-morrow morning and mass in rear of Sedgwick, and support him or General Newton, or both, should they require it, without further orders from the commanding general. Upon arriving upon the field, the major-general commanding will acquaint you with the fact.

Very respectfully, &c.,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 19, 1863-9. 15 p. m.

Commanding Officer Sixth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that General Sykes has been ordered to move up to-morrow morning at 3 o'clock and support you or General Newton, or both. Generals Warren and French are ordered to move to Gainesville to-morrow morning at 4 o'clock, and form on your left, should you be in position upon their arrival.

Very respectfully, &c.,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.