TENALLYTOWN, September 30, 1861 — 3 P. M.
We have been under arms all day, and once started for up river, believing the enemy were crossing some fifteen miles above us. The report proved erroneous, but we keep all ready to move at a moment's notice. They have retired from our front on the other side of the river, and are showing themselves above and below. We cannot tell what they are about, but I believe we are ready for them, let them come in what direction they choose.
SOURCE: George Meade, The Life and Letters of George Gordon Meade, Vol. 1, p. 221