War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0424 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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sible with the Sixth Corps, following the Fredericksburg plank road. As you troops cross they can either pass the first division that crosses, or may take the place of that division and let it pass on out of the way, as you may choose.

Yours,

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY.

Near Wilderness Tavern, May 5, 1864-10.30 a.m.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Lieutenant-General Grant desires that you consult with General Ricketts and relieve the two brigades he has moved from the plank road toward Mine Run, and which were to move out about a mile and hold the roads. You should send some cavalry out in front of your command about a mile this side of Germanna Ford, on the plank road, and await orders.

C. B. COMSTOCK,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS,

May 5, 1864-11 a.m.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

GENERAL: General Grant desires that all stores and forage at Brandy Station, not required by you be sent to Alexandria, if possible; if not, to be destroyed and all forces there to join their commands, following Ferrero's division to the Rapidan.

Respectfully,

WM. CUTTING,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

WILDERNESS TAVERN, May 5, 1864-3 p.m.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Commanding Ninth Army Corps:

Lieutenant-General Grant directs that if General Sedgwick calls on you, you will give him a division.

C. B. COMSTOCK,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH CORPS.

May 5, 1864.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

Commanding.

General Stevenson was placed in position by an aide from your headquarters and General Willcox was placed in accordance with your order this morning. General Potter's division will soon be up, and I will hold him subject to General Sedgwick's request.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.