War of the Rebellion: Serial 040 Page 0394 N.VA., W.VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter XXXVII.

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MAY 3, 1863-5 p.m.

Major-General HOOKER:

At 3.30 p.m., as near as I can get at it, Sedgwick's advance was about 3 1/2 miles distant from Fredericksburg,near Guest's house -see photographic map.

BUTTERFIELD.

MAY 3, 1863-5.30 p.m.

Major-General HOOKER:

The signal telescope discovers about several thousand troops due west from this point, about 8 miles. Counts seven colors - rebel battle-flags. This would locate them at 5 p.m. near Tabernacle Church by the photograph map. Is not this a column marching to meet Sedgwick and away from your front? Will get further information it I can.

BUTTERFIELD.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 3, 1863-6.40 p.m.

Major-General HOOKER:

Following from a staff officer sent to Sedgwick:

Line slowly advancing. Communication opened with Banks' Ford. Enemy's infantry just opened upon them. Still driving them.

BUTTERFIELD.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 3, 1863-6.50 p.m.

General HOOKER:

Sedgwick's column reported at 4.15 p.m. advanced three-quarters of a mile beyond Guest's house. Sedgwick tells my staff officer he is getting along very well. He is moving in two columns on either side of the Plank road, a line of a half mile deployed. Warren thinks the enemy will make a stand half a mile beyond their then position.

BUTTERFIELD.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 3, 1863-7.15 p.m.

Major-General HOOKER:

General Sedgwick was attacking the enemy on a ridge at Salem Church, 6 1/2 miles from Chancellorsville, the enemy making a stand at that point. Infantry fire heavier than hitherto, and our men fall back a little in center. Heavy infantry fire reported. Time, 6.05 to 6.15 o'clock.

BUTTERFIELD.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 3, 1863-7.40 p.m.

General HOOKER,

Chancellorsville:

Sedgwick has just ordered forward all his ammunition trains.

BUTTERFIELD.