War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0344 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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United States Ford. Scouts have been sent out on all the roads in that direction, and as yet no signs of any of them have been discovered on this side of the river.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. P. TAYLOR,

Colonel, Commanding Pickets.

(Forward to Major-General Meade.)

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION CAVALRY,

May 2, 1864-12 p. m.

Colonel J. I. GREGG,

Commanding Second Brigade, Second Division Cavalry:

COLONEL: The general commanding directs that you have your command in readiness to move at 8 o'clock to-morrow morning. Each trooper will carry four day's rations in haversack and two days' forage on horse in rear of saddle.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. C. WEIR,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 2, 1864.

Brigadier-General WILSON,

Commanding Third Cavalry Division:

Your officers will have to ride Government horses if they are not already provided with private ones. They must be moved in case we should move. No news of the Eighth Illinois Cavalry. Colonel McIntosh has been ordered down.

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

May 2, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel FORSYTH,

Chief of Staff, Cavalry Corps:

I have sent one of my aides to reconnoiter between Morton's and Germanna Fords. He reports that at Morton's Ford no evidence can be found of the enemy toward our left, but there is a signal station of the enemy's just opposite of the point. Our signal officer reports from Stony Mountion that the enemy have masked all his batteries with brush. Small parties of the enemy are still at work.

J. H. WILSON.

THIRD CAVALRY DIVISION,

May 2, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel FORSYTH,

Cavalry Corps:

The officer whom I sent to the picket-line has returned, having gone all the way to Germanna Ford. He reports no change ob-