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the loss of many boats. Will pontoon wagons be sent to take them at dark? Shall the bridges at Franklin's crossing be taken up at dark without further instructions? Please communicate.*

SEDGWICK,

General.

(Repeated to General Hooker.)

MAY 2, 1863-10.05 a.m.

General HOOKER:

Sedgwick says has not dared to take up bridges at Franklin's. Reynolds' bridge ought not to be taken away until after dark; it may cost the loss of many boats. Asks shall bridges at Franklin's be taken up at dark without further instructions.+ Desires above communicated.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General.

BANK'S FORD, May 2, 1863-6.20 a.m.

(Received 7.10 a.m.)

Generals HOOKER and BUTTERFIELD:

All quiet; few pickets of the enemy in sight along the river, and a few vedettes show themselves from time to time. No bodies of troops to be seen so far this morning. Owen's command, Second Corps, here.

HENRY J. HUNT,

Brigadier-General, [Chief of Artillery.]

EN ROUTE TO UNITED STATES FORD, May 2, 1863-7.20 a.m.

Captain CANDLER,

Aide-de-Camp, &c.:

Your dispatch of yesterday, stating that the major-general commanding did not understand what I was doing at Rapidan Station, was received at 7.05 a.m. to-day, and I have the honor to state in reply that I have been engaged with the cavalry of the enemy at that point and in destroying communications, and to inclose a copy of an order received from headquarters Cavalry Corps.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. M. AVERELL,

Brigadier-General.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, April 30, 1863.

Brigadier-General AVERELL,

Commanding, &c.:

The major-general commanding directs me to say that we have been delayed by high water, &c., and that he desires you to push the enemy

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*See Butterfield to commanding officer Sixth Corps,2.30 p.m., p.363.

+See Sedgwick dispatch, "Delivered 10 a.m.," p.351.

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