HEADQUARTERS, May 5, 1863 - 1.20 a. m.
Yours received, saying you should hold position. Order to withdraw countermanded. Acknowledge both.
HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,
May 5, 1863 - 3.20 a. m.
Your just received, countermanding order to withdraw. almost my entire command has crossed over.
MAY 5, 1863 - 5 a. m.
The bridges at Banks' Ford are swung and in process of being taken up. The troops are much exhausted. The dispatch countermanding my movement over the river was received after the troops had crossed.
May 5, 1863 - 5.20 a. m.
Headquarters Army of the Potomac:
Have arrived with my command in rear of Falmouth. There is a dense fog. Everything is quiet, as far as I can ascertain. An officer of the Fifth Artillery reports that Sedgwick's corps has recrossed at Banks' Ford, with the exception of one brigade, taken prisoners.
NEAR CHANCELLORSVILLE, VA.,
May 5, 1863 - 6.15 a. m.
The commanding general directs that as soon as your bridges are taken up at Banks' Ford, they be removed immediately, and parked in the rear of the former camps of Sickles' corps.
By command of Major-General Hooker:
Major-General, Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS SIXTH CORPS,
May 5, 1863 - 7 a. m.
I recrossed to the north bank of the Rappahannock last night, and am in camp about a mile back from the ford. The bridges have been taken up.