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 corps commanders to assemble at Headquarters for consultation and explanation of his intentions. At 3 P. M. he sent General Halleck the following despatch, fully describing the situation at that hour:
Most of the corps commanders had arrived at Headquarters and entered into brief conversations, when General Warren, learning through a report just brought to him of an inspection of the lines on the left, that General Sickles was not in the proper position, communicated the fact to the commanding general. At this moment there was some cannonading and a dropping fire of musketry over on the left. General Meade at once ordered Sykes, who was at headquarters, to march his corps over to the left as quickly as possible, saying that he himself would meet him there and see to its posting. He was about to mount his horse, when General Sickles, having been
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