War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0917 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Snickersville, November 3, 1862.

Brigadier General JOHN F. REYNOLDS,

Commanding First Corps:

General McClellan directs that you move your corps on Bloomfield and Union, reaching those points, if it is possible, to-day. At least get as far as the Aldie pike. Porter remains at Snickersville in possession of the gap. Couch moves to Ashby's, and burnside goes to t he vicinity of Upperville. Headquarters to-night will be near you.

A. V. COLBURN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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GENERAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, Numbers 31.

Camp near Purcellville, November 3, 1862.

The troops of this corps will move to-day, as follows, and take position between Bloomfield and Union: The First Division (Doubleday's) will march to Bloomfield by the road leaving the pike west of Black Oak Ridge; the Second Division (Ricketts') will march by direct route from Purcellville to Bloomfield and take position on the left of the First; the Third Division (Meade's) will march on the road to Union via Quaker Meeting-House to Union, and take position with its left at that place. Headquarters will be at Bloomfield.

JOHN F. REYNOLDS.

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HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY BRIGADE,

November 3, 1862.

General DOUBLEDAY,

First Division, First Army Corps, Purcellville:

GENERAL: I shall not take your brigade [Hofmann's] any farther, but direct it to report to you from where it is in front of Union. It rendered me good service yesterday and met with a few losses. We drove the enemy steadily throughout the day.

Very truly, yours,

A. PLEASONTON.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Snickersville, November 3, 1862.

Major General D. N. COUCH,

Commanding Second Corps:

General McClellan directs that you move up the two divisions of your corps that are at this place until you join the other division, and then move your entire corps forward to the vicinity of Upperville, there at once to make a careful reconnaissance of Ashby's Gap, and if possible, take possession of it. If the enemy are in great force there, simply make a reconnaissance and report. General Burnside has been ordered to move to the vicinity of Upperville, to be ready to give you any support you may need.

A. V. COLBURN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Headquarters will probably be at Bloomfield to-night.

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