War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0846 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, Numbers 134.

May 29, 1864.

In the temporary absence of Lieutenant-General Ewell, caused by sickness, Major-General Early is assigned to the command of the Second Army Corps. Permission is granted General Ewell to retire from the field that he may have the benefit of rest and medical treatment.

By order of General R. E. Lee:

W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Clark's House, May 29, 1864-3.30 p. m.

[General R. H. ANDERSON:]

GENERAL: General Lee directs me to inform you that the enemy appear to be moving toward the Central road; will probably strike it at Peake's Station if the present line of march is continued. They have appeared between Taliaferro's and Price's, beyond Hanover Court-House, and have also appeared at Wickham's. Infantry is reported as also cavalry. Be prepared to move in any direction.

W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Enemy's cavalry said to be moving up road from Aenon Church, by Dr. Shelton's, toward Mckenzie's.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

Hundley's Corner, May 29, 1864-4 p. m.

Major-General ANDERSON,

Commanding Corps:

GENERAL: Major-General Rodes directs me to inform you that the enemy is reported advancing infantry skirmishers up the south side of Totopotomoy Creek, and he has thrown out skirmishers to meet them. As matters now stand, in event of any engagement this corps will be required, it is supposed, to watch the right and rear, and one division will be on the left of Early's, which is on the road to Pole Green Church, and the other on the right of it. Major-General Rodes requests that you will keep a few vedettes to watch between him and General Breckinridge, and if you move please notify him.

I am, general, respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. S. PENDLETON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

Clark's, May 29, 1864-5.30 p. m.

Major-General ANDERSON:

GENERAL: General Lee wishes you to have your troops in position to support General Early and to be ready to move up so as to cover any link that may occur on Early's left. Breckinridge is on his left and Hill to the left of him.

Respectfully,

W. H. TAYLOR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.