War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0372 OPERATIONS IN N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 23, 1863.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

The following dispatch has just been received, and is respectfully forwarded:

WATERY MOUNTAIN SIGNAL STATION,

October 23, 1863-5 p. m.

Captain NORTON:

Large camps of the enemy plainly seen this p. m. south of Rappahannock and between Brandy Station and Culpeper. Five regiments of infantry were drilling on field in vicinity of Brandy Station. Strong cavalry pickets along the Rappahannock. See no camps or smokes west of Jefferson.

TAYLOR,

Signal Officer.

I have the honor to be,

L. B. NORTON,

Captain, and Chief of Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 23, 1863-8 p. m.

Commanding Officer First Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you move your corps to Bristoe Station, on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. The brigade of the Third Corps now there will be relieved by you. As soon as the bridge over Kettle Run is finished, you will have it properly guarded, and will guard the road as fast as finished as far as the crossings of Slaty Run.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 23, 1863-8. 15 p. m.

Commanding Officer Third Corps:

The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that the First Corps is ordered to move to Bristoe Station, and will relieve the brigade of your corps now there. The first Corps will guard the railroad when finished as far as the crossings of Slaty Run. The Third Corps will guard the road from Slaty Run to Warrenton Junction and to the Three-Mile Station, on the Warrenton Branch, as fast as finished.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

CHARLESTON, W. VA., October 23, 1863-5. 20 p. m.

(Received 9. 45 p. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

Sergeant Hunnicutt, on secret service, from the Army of the Potomac, passed here September 5, to Dublin, Lynchburg, Gordonsville