|This Telegram was sent from General Herman Haupt to Major General Halleck on July 4, 1863 - Final Day - Day 4 of the Battle of Gettysburg.
OXFORD, PA., via HANOVER, PA.,
July 4, 1863-- 11 p.m. (Received 11.15 a.m. 5th)
Major-General HALLECK, General-in-Chief:
Night has overtaken me at Oxford, 7 miles east of Gettysburg. We have been at work on a large bridge near this town, which is considerably damaged. It will require two hours to-morrow to finish it, then we will proceed to Gettysburg. A portion of the track is torn up. I have found the foreman of repairs, and he will commence to repair the track at daylight. About a mile of telegraph wire is down, and wire carried off. I have sent my engine to the Junction for men and material to repair it.
When an office is ready, and line in order to Gettysburg, the operator will report to General Meade's headquarters. Persons just in from Gettysburg report the position of affairs. I fear that while Meade rests to refresh his men and collect supplies, Lee will be off so far that he cannot intercept him. A good force on the line of the Potomac to prevent Lee from crossing would, I think, insure his destruction. By 11 o'clock to-night about 2,000 tons of supplies should have been forwarded, since yesterday morning to Meade's army, if so much has been offered for transportation. I had arranged for 1,500 tons per day on the Western Maryland Railroad. The reopening of the Northern Central Railroad from Hanover Junction to York will permit the rapid and convenient removal of wounded to that city, which is an excellent location for hospitals. I expect to have this completed by to-morrow (Sunday) night.