The Army will resume its march to-morrow, taking the
Hagerstown road. General Jackson's command will form
the advance, and after passing Middletown, with such
portions as he may select, take the route toward
Sharpsburg, cross the Potomac at the most convenient
point, and by Friday night take possession of the
Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, capture such of the
enemy as may be at Martinsburg, and intercept such as
may attempt to escape from Harper's Ferry.
Longstreeet's command will pursue the same road as
far as Boonsboro, where it will halt with the
reserve, supply, and baggage trains of the army.
McLaws with his own division and that of General R.H.
Anderson, will follow General Longstreet; on reaching
Middletown he will take the route to Harper's Ferry,
and by Friday morning possess himself of the Maryland
Heights and endeavor to capture the enemy at Harper's
Ferry and vicinity.
Walker, with his division after accomplishing the
object in which he is now engaged, will cross the
Potomac at Check's ford, ascend its right bank to
Lovettsville, take possession of Loudon Heights, if
practicable, by Friday morning, Keyes Ford on his
left, and the road between the end of the mountain
and the Potomac on his right. He will, as far as
practicable, cooperate with General McLaws and
General Jackson in intercepting the retreat of the
D.H. Hill's division will form the rearguard of the
army, pursuing the road taken by the main body. The
reserve artillery, ordnance, and supply trains, etc.,
will precede General Hill.
Stuart will detach a squadron of cavalry to accompany
the commands of Generals Longstreet, Jackson , and
McLaws, and, with the main body of the cavalry, will
cover the route of the army and bring up all
stragglers that may have been left behind.
commands of Generals Jackson, McLaws, and Walker,
after accomplishing the objects for which they have
been detached, will join the main body of the army at
Boonsboro' or Hagerstown.
regiment of the march will habitually carry its axes
in the regimental ordinance-wagons, for use of the
men at their encampments, to procure wood, etc.
command of General R.E. Lee.
R. H. Chilton, Assistant Adjutant-General.
Major-General D.H. Hill, Command Division.