ed that they have a bridge across.
If Lee's Army is divided by the river the importance of attacking the part on this side is incalculable—such an opportunity may never occur again.
If on the contrary he has massed his whole force on the Antietam time must be taken to also concentrate your forces—Your opportunities for information are better than mine.
Brig. Gen. Kelly was ordered some days ago to concentrate at Hancock and attack the enemy's right.
Maj. Gen. Brooks is also moving from Pittsburgh to reinforce Kelly.
All troops arriving from New York and Fort Monroe are sent directly to Harpers Ferry unless you order differently.
You will have forces sufficient to render your victory certain.
My only fear now is that the enemy may escape by crossing the river.
Middletown, July 9, 1863, 11 A. M. Meade to Halleck:
The Army is moving in three columns, the right column having in it three Corps.
The line occupied to-day with the advance will be on the other side of the mountai