War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0339 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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corps is is for Captain Slosson to turn over this bridge to Captain McDonald for the Fifth Corps and retain your bridge now down under a selected guard of pontoniers detailed by Captain Slosson from his command.

H. W. BENHAM,

Brigadier-General.

Would it not be well to leave the bridge that is now down until this one arrives?

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

WARRENTON JUNCTION, May 2, 1864-9.15 p. m.

ADJUTANT-GENERAL NINTH ARMY CORPS:

The pontoon bridge from the engineer depot, Washington, D. C., is here. The conductor of the train has orders to proceed without delay to Rapahannock. The boats will be unloaded and laid by morning. If the bridge is not to be laid in the same place telegraph to Rapahannock.

I remain, your obedient servant,

H. V. SLOSSON,

Captain, Fifteenth New York Veteran Engineers.

MAY 2, 1864-3 p. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

The Fifth Corps bridge was taken up yesterday. When you have done with the bridge now being furnished, you will please return it to General Benham by the railroad.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

WEST CHESTER, May 2, 1864.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Am much better; will leave on the 4th. Where shall I join you?

JNO. G. PARKE.

RENSSELEAR, IND., May 2, 1864.

Major General A. E. BURNSIDE,

Commanding Ninth Army Corps:

GENERAL: You will do me a favor, and one that would be gratefully remembered thought life, if you would do me the honor to give me command of a division in your corps, either white or colored. I am no politician. I commanded in this war in April, 1861, as captain, and won my way up to my present rank thought meritorious service alone, without any political influence, and it is very mortifying, after being on constant active duty over two years, to be ailed from duty without cause and not permitted to take part in the closing acts of the great rebellion. I appeal to you, general, with a soldier's frankness, and hope that you will with a soldier's generosity