War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0915 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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and curving round toward Union. Please send an aide to these headquarters immediately.

I am, general, very respectfully,

ROBT. A. HUTCHINS,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Wheatland, Va., November 2, 1862.

Brigadier General GEORGE W. GETTY,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: You will without delay march your command as near as possible to Union. General Sturgis will be on your right near Bloomfield, Colonel Leasure will be on your left at Philomont toward Union. You had better establish communication with these two divisions.

I am, general, very respectfully,

ROBT. A. HUTCHINS,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Wheatland, November 2, 1862-10.30 p. m.

Major-General SLOCUM,

Commanding, Harper's Ferry:

The commanding general directs that you send two regiments at once to Keys' Gap and two regiments to the crossing of the Shenandoah near Shannondale, to remain there for two or three days until the enemy are out of that valley. In view of the operations now progressing, it would perhaps be better for you to defer your visit to Frederick. It is rumored that the enemy have crossed in some force near Downsville.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Wheatland, November 2, 1862-10.30 p. m.

Major-General MORELL,

Commanding at Hagerstown:

A report has reached here that the enemy have crossed in some force near Downsville. The commanding general desires that you will ascertain at once if there is any truth in this, and forward immediately all information by telegraph.

R. B. MARCY,

Chief of Staff.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

November 2, 1862-4.20 p. m.

Brigadier-General PLEASONTON:

GENERAL: Firing is heard in direction of Snicker's Gap. General McClellan is going there. He will return if the engagement is not a serious one; if it is, he will remain. He desires you to keep him informed of everything of interest, directing your communications to General Reynolds, who will remain at Purcellville and move forward