MAY 5, 1864-6.20 p.m.
I have the honor to report that up to this time, 6.20 p.m., Wadsworth has been driving the enemy. They have opened batteries with canister on him. He is receiving support from Sixth Corps.
E. B. COPE,
Captain and Aide-de-Camp.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.
May 5, 1864-12. 15 p.m. (Received 1 p.m.)
Commanding Sixth Corps:
The major-general commanding directs that Ricketts' division be kept on the plank rod midway between Spotswood and Old Wilderness Tavern, so that he may be sent to the support of either Wright or Warren.
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
ORDERS.] HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, SIXTH CORPS,
May 5, 1864-11.30 p.m.
This division will move forward and attack the enemy promptly at 4.30 a.m. to-morrow. The signal for advance will be given by the bugle; but should the signal not be heard, brigade commanders will move forward when troops on their right and left move. Brigade commanders will see that their commands have a full supply of ammunition to-night. Shaler's brigade will act as reserve of the division.
By command of Brigadier-General Wright:
HENRY R. DALTON.
WILDERNESS TAVERN, May 5-5.30 a.m.
I shall leave General Griffin's division to hold the pike toward Robertson's Tavern; at least one brigade of which will not move till you arrive, or the division leading your corps.
G. K. WARREN,
HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SIXTH ARMY CORPS,
May 5, 1864-12.15 p.m.
We have encountered a line of infantry skirmishers haled a mile out on the Orange Court-House plank road. One sergeant captured, who says he belongs to Cooke's brigade, Heth's division. Can get nothing more from him.
G. W. GETTY,
Have taken another man. He reports Cooke's brigade 2 miles back. Enemy's skirmish line has fallen back. I shall advance.