War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0541 Chapter XLI. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION,

December 4, 1863-10.15 a.m.

Colonel C. ROSS SMITH,

Chief of Staff, Cavalry Corps:

COLONEL: One brigade of the division is now posted at Sheppard's Grove Post-Office, picketing Germanna and Jacobs' Fords, and connecting with the pickets of the Third Division on the right. The other brigade is at Richardsville picketing the lower fords and the Rappahannock. Nothing demonstrative on the part of the enemy. Bushwhackers have begun operations in the rear. I have ordered a force to be crossed at Richards' Ford to go to United States Ford. The force sent yesterday went by Morrisville to Hartwood; hence my report of the distance of 22 miles. The distance to Hartwood from Richardsville is 12 miles by way of Richards' Ford. The road between this point (Sheppard's Grove Post-Office) and Richardsville is very bad. If the enemy's cavalry attempt anything, it will be on the north bank of the Rappahannock. I will send the report of operations as soon as I shall have gotten reports from brigade commanders.

Respectfully, yours,

D. McM. GREGG,

Brigadier General of Vols., Commanding Second Division.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 4, 1863-3.15 p.m.

Commanding Officer Second Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you occupy the height at and in the vicinity of Stevensburg with your corps.

Very respectfully, &c.,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

December 4, 1863.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

Do you wish my corps to move at once or in the morning? It is now half past 3.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

[DECEMBER 4, 1863.]

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Second Corps:

In the morning will answer.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.