War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0930 MD., e. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., & W. VA. Chapter LXIII.

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general gives you carte blanche, provided you do not unduly risk the loss of your command. Bayard will be instructed to-morrow to move toward Warrenton. When you reach Sperryville the general desires that you send him the latest news. He will send infantry in the direction of Culpeper as soon as possible, but do not calculate on it. Depend upon your own resources. You will be kept fully posted as to the position of the troops.

A. V. COLBURN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Camp near Rectortown, November 5, 1862.

Major-General SIGEL,

Thoroughfare Gap:

General McClellan directs me to inform you that the troops are in the position indicated in my dispatch of last evening.* General Franklin's corps will be in the vicinity of and in front of White Plains to-morrow. General Pleasonton, with his b rigade of cavalry, met a superior force of the enemy's cavalry at Barbee's to-day, drove them back, and the last report we had from [him] said that he was following the enemy toward Chester Gap.

P. S., 11.20 p. m. - The general desires me to add that he has just received a dispatch from General Pleasonton, near Sandy Hook, who says that he thinks the enemy's cavalry that he defeated to-day are going to Warrenton, although they made for chester Gap, and that the greater part of their infantry have passed Sandy Hook. He apprehends that they may attempt to strike you a blow near Warrenton. General McClellan thinks it may be well for you to look out in that direction, although he is in position to give you any support that may be necessary. General Pleasonton will probably be thrown in rear of Warrenton to-morrow.

A. V. COLBURN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Camp near Rectorville, November 6, 1862.

His Excellency A. LINCOLN,

President United States of America:

I have this minute received a dispatch from General Pleasonton near the mouth of Chester Gap.+ His information inidcates that Jackson is there with his force to defend it. Thirty-six of the enemy's dead in the fight of yesterday have been found on the field.

G. B. MCCLELLAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Camp near Rectorville, November 6, 1862.

Brigadier General H. HAUPT,

Superintendent of Railroads:

General McClellan desires me to say that we are in possession of Warrenton. General Sickles has been directed to push troops forward

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*See VOL. XIX, Part II, p. 544.

+See 11.15 a. m., VOL. XIX, Part II, p. 118.

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