War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0342 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 2, 1864.

General SHERIDAN,

Commanding Cavalry Corps:

Please be at these headquarters to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

CONFIDENTIAL.] CAVALRY CORPS,

May 2, 1864.

General TORBERT AND WILSON,

Commanding First and Third Division, Cavalry Corps:

The major-general desires to know whether your pickets have observed a rebel division of infantry moving down the river below Morton's Ford to-day. It is so reported by the signal officer at Stony Mountain. Answer.

J. W. FORSYTH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.

FIRST CAVALRY DIVISION,

May 2, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel FORSYTH,

Chief of Staff, Cavalry Corps:

Nothing unusual has been reported from my picket-line to-day Will inquire concerning the movement mentioned in your dispatch and report immediately if anything has been seen.

A. T. A. TORBERT,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Brigadier General D. McM. GREGG,

Commanding Second Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs taht you move your division as quietly as position to-morrow morning to Richards-ville, or vicinity, and encamp it so as to be as little exposed to the view of the enemy as possible. Your division will be accompanied by one-half of the canvas pontoon train. The engineers connected with it will repair the road to Ely's Ford, attracting the attention of the enemy as little practicable. The general commanding further directs that you place guards on all the occupied houses on or in the vicinity of the roads passed over by your command, and in advance, toward the Rapidan, so as to prevent any communication with the enemy by the inhabitants. You will draw in all these guards when you move from Richardsville. Call in your detachments at Morrisville and Grove Church; if the river is past fording have the bridge put down to cross the above very early in the morning at Kel