War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0993 Chapter LXIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

March 11, 1863.

Major-General SICKLES, Commanding Third Corps:

GENERAL: One of our scouts brings information of an intended raid by the enemy. There may be no truth in it. It will be well, however, to have vigilance enjoined upon pickets, reserves, &c., the troops kept generally in camps and arrangements made to forward prompt and reliable information of any movement.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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HEADQUARTERS THIRD ARMY CORPS,

March 12, 1863.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that the enemy are busily engaged constructing an earth-work within short musket range of my pickets on the opposite bank of the river. This work faces the river and commands what appears to be a practicable ford.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. E. SICKLES,

Major-General, Commanding.

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HDQRS. MIDDLE DEPARTMENT, EIGHTH ARMY CORPS,

Baltimore, March 12, 1863.

Brigadier General B. F. KELLEY,

Commanding First Division, Harper's Ferry, Va.:

I go to New York for three days, leaving Brigadier-General Morris, by authority of the President, in command during my abserve.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Newport News, Va., March 12, 1863.

Brigadier General G. W. GETTY,

Commanding Third Division, Ninth Army Corps:

GENERAL: You will please hold your division in readiness to go to Suffolk immediately. Steamers are expected by 9 o'clock to-morrow morning to take off 2,000 or 3,000. Your will take tents and camp equipage .

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Corps.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Newport News, Va., March 17, 1863.

General STURGIS, Commanding Second Division:

You will have your division prepared to move at a moment's warning. By command of Brigadier-General Willcox:

N. BOWEN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

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