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on an officer well acquainted with the country to meet the column of the enemy reported advancing. I will make the best disposition I can to resist their advance. I think all the artillery should be on the left of the road at present, as there seems to be no further necessity for it on our right.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES B. RICKETTS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

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HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1864.

Major-General WALLACE,

Commanding, &c.:

I have ordered my skirmishers withdrawn across the bridge. Shall I merely tear up the planking, or destroy the bridge by fire? The skirmishers are withdrawn in accordance with your direction.

JAMES B. RICKETTS,

Brigadier-General.

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JULY 9, 1864.

General WALLACE:

They have a battery now which enfilades my flank. Cavalry in my rear. What shall I do?

JAS. B. RICKETTS,

Brigadier-General.

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General RICKETTS:

GENERAL: I see them advancing a heavy line between you and the hill, chiefly on the river side. Hold the crest if the cannonading is not too enfilading.

LEW. WALLACE,

Major-General, Commanding.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Monocacy, July 9, 1864.

General TYLER:

GENERAL: I am instructed by the general commanding to direct you to encamp your command on the right of the railroad, with your front to the Monocacy. You will establish your picket-line as you may deem best, connecting on your right and left with the line of Brigadier-General Ricketts. The men will move to the position within indicated at once. Your pickets will them be established. You will provide your command with three days' rations. No citizen within yuour lines will be permitted to leave them without a written pass from your headquarters. Citizents will be admitted within your lines only to give information touching the movements of the enemy. You will make to these headquarters a morning field return of your command. You will report the means of transportation in your command. You will make requisition on the ordnance officer for ammunition as you may need it.

MAX. WOODHULL,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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