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it would be impossible for us to advance. Hence the only question for General Meade to solve was how to get his immense trains and stores away in safety. On Wednesday of last week General Meade received information that led him to believe that an extensive rebel raid was contemplated upon his right and rear — information since verified. It was also ascertained that on Thursday night the rebel cavalry under Stuart, and infantry under Ewell, were crossing the Rapidan in the vicinity of Robinson river and making towards Springville, via James City, and I presume it was this information which led to the strategy of the last two days. Gen. Meade was fully apprised of the rebel strength, and knew that by making a demonstration on their right and centre he would compel them to abandon their enterprise in order to protect their lines of communication with Gordonsville and Richmond. Consequently a strong force of cavalry, under Buford, appeared at daylight on Saturday at Germania ford,