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to Raccoon Ford by dark, with directions to obstruct the road leading up from the ford as much as possible. They will remain there until your column comes up, when you will make such disposition of them as you see fit. Two squadrons will be sent down along the road leaving toward Germanna Mills, where they will remain and communicate with the advance column. We are ordered tto cross at Barnett's Ford.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

EDWARD M. NEILL,

Assistant Adjutant - General.

[12.]

FORT MONROE, August 19, 1862.

[Received 1. 30 p. m.]

Major - General HALLECK,

Commander - in - Chief:

General Porter is at Newport News. I go there at once. The weather is fine. We have an abundance of transports, and you may rely on most rapid movements.

JOHN TUCKER,

Assistant Secretary of War.

[12.]

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH CORPS,

CILCULAR.]

August 19, 1862.

The Fourth Corps will move tomorrow morning in the following order: Couch's division, starting at 4. 30 a. m., will be in advance; next the Reserve Artillery, following Couch' s wagons, and last Peck's division. The wagons will be in rear of their respective divisions. General Peck will detail a rear guard of one regiment, and will start the head of his column at 6 a. m.

By command of Major - General Keyes:

L. J. HOWARD,

Aide - de - Camp.

[11.]

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

Newport News, August 19, 1862.

Major - General MORELL,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The commanding general desires me to say that he has received intelligence which makes it very important the command should reach Aquia Creek and Fredericksburg as quickly as possible. He desires that you will not fail to make every exertion to get your command on board today.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant - General.

[12.]

HEADQUARTERS DETACHMENT NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Kelly's Ford, Va., August 19, 1862.

Colonel RUGGLES,

Assistant Adjutant - General and Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: I have the honor of information you of my safe arrival at Kelly's Ford with six regiments of my command, with their baggage