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[CHAP. XLI.

HDQRS. THIRD ARMY CORPS, November 28, 1863.

(Received 3.15 a.m.)

Brigadier-General CARR,

Commanding Third Division, Third Corps:

GENERAL: You will quietly withdraw your troops from their present position and take up a position back near where your headquarters were before you advanced yesterday afternoon. On your way down report to the general commanding in person. Commence the movement at once.

By command of Major-General French:

O. H. HART,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD ARMY CORPS,

November 28, 1863-2.25 a.m.

Major-General BIRNEY,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: You will quietly withdraw your troops from their present position and mass them in the field in rear of this house, leaving your pickets undisturbed until further orders.

By command of Major-General French:

O. H. HART,

Lieutenant-Colonel, and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD ARMY CORPS,

November 28, 1863-2.30 a.m.

Brigadier-General PRINCE:

GENERAL: Immediately after the withdrawal of General Birney's troops, you will withdraw from your present position and mass on the road near this house. This withdrawal must be done very quietly. The pickets will remain on their present line until further orders.

By command of Major-General French:

O. H. HART,

Lieutenan-Colonel, and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD ARMY CORPS,

November 28, 1863-8 a.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

On the withdrawal of the Sixth Corps I proceeded to take line of battle, the better to secure my line of communications on a new position, but there being no indications of the enemy in my front (he having left his head and wounded and hospitals behind), I have come up to the rear of Sedgwick, where I am massing.

Respectfully,

WM. H. FRENCH,

Major-General of Volunteers.