excellent condition considering the unfavorable weather. The mud caused by the rain did not extend but a few inches below the surface, and could not, in my opinion, impede the passage of artillery or wagons over the good, hard bed found underneath.
I have the honor to remain, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
D. J. HYNES,
Captain, Eighth Illinois Cavalry, A. A. D. C.
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,
November 25, 1863-4. 45 p. m.
Captain Hynes saw the road after the pontoon train had passed over it and considered it still a good road. He returned from General Gregg last night.
CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
November 25, 1863-8 p. m.
Corps and other independent commanders will have their respective commands in readiness to march at 6 a. m. to-morrow. Further orders will be given at 5 a. m. or earlier.
By command of Major-General Meade:
(To corps commanders.)
ARTILLERY HDQRS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
November 25, 1863-9 p. m.
Chief of Artillery Corps:
In addition to the ammunition in the chests, 100 rounds per gun will be taken with the batteries of Napoleon guns across the river. The remainder of the ammunition in wagons will be parked near the crossing as ordered.
By command of General Meade:
HENRY J. HUNT,
Brigadier-General, Chief of Artillery.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
November 25, 1863.
Commanding Second Corps:
The following telegram has just been received. The commanding general desires it to be announced to the troops in the morning before they march.