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HEADQUARTERS MIDDLE MILITARY DIVISION,

Halltown, Va., August 22, 1864-8.45 p.m.

Major General H. G. WRIGHT,

Commanding Sixth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that your command be under arms at daylight to-morrow morning. He desires me to say that prisoners captured this afternoon report that the entire force of the enemy in the Valley was in our front yesterday and followed us up to-day, two divisions being on this side of Charlestown and the rest on the other side this afternoon. One prisoner says they will fall back to-night.

Very respectfully, general, your obedient servant,

F. C. NEWHALL,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

(Same to Major-General Emory and Crook.)

ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

August 22, 1864.

The troops will be turned out at daylight to-morrow, and kept under arms for one hour.

By command of Major-General Wright:

C. A. WHITTIER,

Major and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

AUGUST 22, 1864-9 p.m.

Brigadier-General MERRITT,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: General Torbert directs that you send two regiments to-morrow a.m. at daylight out on the Smithfield pike as far as Kearneysville, if possible, on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. From information received there were 150 cavalry there to-day destroying the telegraph. They also reported that Early was going back to Winchester. Have the regiments sent out obtain all the information they can and report to these headquarters as soon as possible. They must be particularly cautious regarding the roads coming in on their left.

Very respectfully,

WM. RUSSELL, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD CAVALRY DIVISION,

Near J. Engel's, on Baltimore and Ohio Railroad,

August 22, 1864-2.30 p.m.

Lieutenant-Colonel FORSYTH,

Chief of Staff:

General Torbert has just sent an order form Shepherdstown, directing me in case I am attacked to cross the Potomac at Antietam Ford, provided it is practicable. I have sent scouting parties to the front but have no report yet. Please let me know if I shall obey these orders,