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Meade's Retreat.

NOVEMBER 30, 1863-7.45 a.m.
General MEADE:
It is now 7.45 and I have no firing from you, from which I fear the enemy has left your
front. His position and strength seem so formidable in my present front that I advise
against making the attack here. The full light of the sun shows me that I cannot succeed.
G. K. WARREN,
Major-General.


HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
November 30, 1863-8.40 p.m.
GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires to have your opinion upon the
practicability of carrying the enemy's intrenchments, so far as they are known to you, within
the limits of the front of your command. Please reply immediately.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General.
(To commanders of First, Third, Fifth, and Sixth Army Corps.)

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,
November 30, 1863-9.05 p.m.
Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General:
In reply to your 8.45, this p.m., I have the honor to report that since dark I have not been
able to obtain the information that I desire concerning the topography of the other side of
the stream. I will be enabled to answer the note more satisfactorily on receiving from
division commanders the information already sent for.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN NEWTON,
Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,
November 30, 1863-11 p.m.
Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General:
GENERAL: The papers inclosed are the answers of my division commanders* to an inquiry
as to the nature of the ground in their respective fronts. I regard any attempt to storm as
hopeless, unless the troops can be massed near the point of attack without the knowledge
of the enemy, and unless strongly supported on both right and left. The works of the
enemy in my immediately front appear to be heavy, and their attention seems to have been
drawn to the possibility of an attack here.
Very respectfully, &c.,
JOHN NEWTON,
Major-General.

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