HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
Camp at Beverly Ford, Va.,
August 15, 1863.
June 29. Left Frederick; marched to and encamped in the vicinity of Liberty, Md.;
June 30. Marched to Union Mills, via Johnsville, Union, and Frizellburg.
Encamped on Big Pipe Creek, along
the turnpike leading from Westminster to Gettysburg; 23 miles.
July 1. Marched to Hanover, and relieved the cavalry there under General
Kilpatrick. At 7 p. m. resumed the
march, and at midnight bivouacked at Bonaughtown; 20 miles.
July 2. Marched at 4 a. m. for Gettysburg, 6 miles; arrived early. Occupied the
positions and performed the
work explained in my report of that battle.
July 5. Started en route for the Potomac. Reached the Antietam at Delaware
Mills on the 10th, marching via
Emmitsburg, Creagerstown, Utica, and Middletown, crossing the Catoctin and South Mountain ranges at High
Knob and Fox's Gap; distance, 55 miles.
15. Maneuvered in face of the enemy; constructed breastwork, rifle-pits, &c.; did
duty; suffered and inflicted some loss; marched in pursuit of the enemy beyond Williamsport in the direction of
Falling Waters; distance, about 10 miles.
July 15. Marched to Burkittsville, 22 miles; thence on the 16th, 6 miles, to
Petersville, Md.; thence on the
22d, to Lovettsville, Wheatland, Purcellville, and Goose Creek, to Rectortown,
Va.; 40 miles.
July 23. Marched to Manassas Gap, 15 miles, and during the fight at that place
formed in battle array, in
support of the Third Corps, General French.
July 24. Made a reconnaissance of the country to the right of General French, but the
disappeared, at noon bivouacked in the Gap.
July 25. Moved toward Warrentown via Farrowsville, Barbee's Cross-Roads, and
Orleans, 15 miles; thence on the
27th, 14 miles, to and beyond Warrenton.
I am, sir, respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEO. SYKES, Major-General, Commanding Corps.
[to] Brig. Gen. S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac.