War of the Rebellion: Serial 049 Page 0496 OPERATIONS IN N. C.,VA.,W. VA.,MD.,AND PA. Chapter XLI.

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8. The chief of cavalry will direct a force of that arm to move in advance on the roads in front of the army.

9. The trains, under the direction of the chief quartermaster of the army, will cross at Culpeper and Ely's Fords, and be parked in rear of the army. They will be guarded by Merritt's cavalry division.

9 1/2. Commanders of leading corps will keep up communication with each other, and with the corps in their rear; those of the rear corps with the corps in front. The flank next the enemy will be carefully watched, and the usual precautions against approach will be take. The commanding general will be kept advised of everything that occurs.

10. Headquarters will be at Robertson's Tavern.

By command of Major-General Meade:


Assistant Adjutant-General.


November 27, 1863.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

The road I have had prepared will, I think, enable our ammunition trains and Reserve Artillery to pass up the hill opposite Germanna Ford. It turns to the left, crosses a bad little stream on a good bridge, gains the plateau by a side-hill location (on old road, passes near an old house); thence toward the right of the pine woods, enters the woods, and joins the plank road. It is all the way and old road, and needs now only to dig down the rebel breastworks across it, which is but a moment's work. Tell General Tyler to take a look at it. (See sketch.)