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which destroyed, or at least rendered impassable for a time, the bridges over the latter river. They state that all interest is now centered in the operations of the armies at Chattanooga.

J. G. FOSTER,

Major-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. NORFOLK AND PORTSMOUTH, Numbers 14.

Norfolk, Va., October 22, 1863.

The time set for the execution of Dr. David M. Wright by General Orders, Numbers 17, headquarters Department of Virginia and North Carolina, promulgated in General Orders, Numbers 12 [13?], from these headquarters, having been by order of the President postponed until Friday, the 23d, the execution will take place to-morrow (Friday) morning, October 23, 1863, at 10 o'clock.

By command of Brigadier General James Barnes:

GEORGE H. JOHNSTON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

FORT MONROE, VA., October 23, 1863-11. 20 a. m.

(Received 11. 30 a. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

Dr. Wright was executed this morning at Norfolk, according to orders. Everything passed off very orderly.

J. G. FOSTER,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 23, 1863-6 p. m.

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

The following dispatch, just received from Colonel Sharpe, deputy provost-marshal-general, is sent for your information. Colonel Sharpe has been directed to send other agents immediately.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

[Inclosure.]

ALEXANDRIA, VA.,

October 23, [1863.]

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

Our men returned this morning. The old man says that Ewell's corps went to Tennessee last Monday. He did not have time to go to the army himself, but yesterday he saw a man from Fredericksburg who had gone up to Culpeper on Monday as claimant to get certificates for damages done to his property and that of citizens around Fredericksburg. These certificates were to come from officers in Ewell's corps. The claimant returned to Fredericksburg on Tuesday, and said that he was unable to complete his business, because Ewell's corps had left for Tennessee on Monday. This is the authority, and the old na thinks it straight.