War of the Rebellion: Serial 040 Page 0383 Chapter XXXVII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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NEAR CHANCELLORSVILLE, VA., May 3, 1863.

Brigadier-General Pleasonton will assume command of the division of cavalry now commanded by Brigadier-General Averell. Upon being relieved, Brigadier-General Averell will report for orders to the

Adjutant-General of the Army.

By command of Major-General Hooker:

J. H. VAN ALEN,

Brigadier-General and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH CORPS, May 3, 1863-5.30 a.m.

[General BUTTERFIELD:]

My command is all in Fredericksburg, and I have no men on the bridges. These bridges should be taken up as soon as possible. We are warmly engaged on Sumner's old ground and on the right.

JOHN SEDGWICK,

Major-General.

CAMP NEAR FALMOUTH, VA., May 3, 1863.

Engineer Officer in charge of Bridges at Franklin's Crossing:

The commanding general directs that on receipt hereof you proceed

immediately to take up the two bridges at Franklin's crossing, and relay them in the vicinity of the Lacy house. The transfer must be made in the most expeditions manner possible, and it is suggested whether time might not be saved by floating the boats up to the point indicated. The bridges will be removed one at a time.

Very respectfully, &c.,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

MAY 3, 1863-2 a.m.

General HOOKER,

Chancellorsville:

Sedgwick's passage is disputed. We hear musketry in Fredericksburg as he advances through the town.

DANL. BUTTERFIELD,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, May 3, 1863-6 p.m.

Major-General HOWARD:

GENERAL: I hear lively firing of artillery in the direction of Fredericksburg, apparently more audible than before. Slight skirmishing in my front. The enemy has not declared his intentions yet.

Respectfully,

C. SCHURZ,

Major-General.