War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0780 Chapter LXIII. MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., &. W. VA.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Washington, D. C., september 2, 1862-11.30 a. M.

Lieutenant Colonel GEORGE W. GETTY,

U. S. Artillery, Alexandria:

Disembark the artillery as rapidly as possible, and get ready for service. If anything can be gained by disembarking at Georgetown or Washington, you are at liberty to come there.

A. V. COLBURN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

September 2, 1862-11.40 a. M.

General ABERCROMBIE,

Commanding Brigade near Alexandria, Va.:

The commanding general directs that you at once march your brigade up on the south side the Potomac to a defensible position in the main road leading to the Chain Bridge, somewhere between Fort Ethan Allen and Fort Marcy. He also directs that if one of the reserve batteries which arrived at Alexandria this morning can be got ready to accompany you without detaining you, that you take it. If it will not be ready in time it will be ordered to follow on this side the river, and join you near Chain Bridge.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

September 2, 1862-3.40 p. M.

General J. J. ABERCROMBIE,

Alexandria, Va.:

Please move at once with such troops of Couch's division as are at or near Alexandria, except those guarding the railroad. Also take the battery you mention and report precisely what will be the composition of your command as it leaves Alexandria. The general commanding expects that you will command other troops in the vicinity of Chain Bridge. You will receive instructions concerning this on your arrival there.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

[12.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

September 2, 1862.

Brigadier-General WHIPPLE, Arlington:

General Abercrombie is placed in command of the forts in the vicinity of Chain Bridge.

A. V. COLBURN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Washington, September 2, 1862.

General A. W. WHIPPLE, Arlington:

A portion of General Pope's army will probably be in to-night. Caution your men not to fire on it and to keep on the alert. The men may