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SIGNAL STATION,

October 25, 1863.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

The signal officer on Watery Mountain reports that he has seen no movements of the enemy this a. m. between Rappahannock Station and Bealeton, but that movements might have been made between the hours of 10 and 11 o'clock without his knowledge, as he could not see at that time on account of the peculiar state of the atmosphere.

L. B. NORTON,

Chief Signal Officer.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 25, 1863-12. 45 p. m.

The following dispatch is respectfully communicated to corps commanders for their information:

SIGNAL STATION,

October 25, 1863.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

The signal officer on Watery Mountain repots a considerable force of the enemy on north side of railroad near Brandy Station. Heavy camps smokes opposite Kelly's Ford, and extending from there to Stevensburg. Camp smokes extend from Rappahannock Station toward Bealeton. Enemy occupy the forts opposite Rappahannock Station on south side of river. No camp smokes in immediate vicinity of Culpeper Court-House.

L. B. NORTON,

Captain, and Chief Signal Officer.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 25, 1863.

The attention of corps commanders is directed to the distribution and use of the prisoners on the march. They will be distributed to the troops and trains so as habitually to precede the heads of columns of trains, to repair the roads, prepare the crossing of streams, &c. When the trains are separated a suitable distribution of the prineers will be made.

In the recent operations it is understood that few if any pioneers accompanied the supply and baggage trains, and various delays occurred for the want of slight repairs on the roads and crossings of streams.

Care will be taken to select faithful and energetic officer for pioneer duty.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.