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HEADQUARTERS ARMY,

Wilderness Tavern, May 5, 1864-5.20 p.m.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Lieutenant-General Grant understands that you guard the roads which Ricketts was on this morning, and in addition have sent a division to support Sedgwick's right. He desires that you at once move your third white division to this place.

C. B. COMSTOCK,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

Near Wilderness Tavern, May 5, 1864-8 p.m.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Lieutenant-General Grant desires that you start your two divisions at 2 a.m. to-morrow, punctually, for this place. You will put them in position between the Germanna plank road and the road leading from this place to Parker's Store, so as to close the gap between Warren and Hancock, connecting both. You will move from this position on the enemy beyond at 4.30 a.m., the time at which the Army of the Potomac moves.

C. B. COMSTOCK,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

If you think there is no enemy in Willcox's front, bring him also.

C. B. C.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES.

In the Field, near Wilderness Tavern, Va., May 5, 1864.

Major General A. E. BURNSIDE:

GENERAL: If you do not consider that your Reserve Artillery would be safe left where it now is, you will have it brought in this direction to a safe place and parked, otherwise let it remain where it is, as there is not room for it at this point.

By command of Lieutenant General U. S. Grant:

W. R. ROWLEY,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Military Secretary.

HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS.

In the Field, May 5, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report the following as the number of men of this division present for duty this evening:

First Brigade, 2,250 muskets: Second Brigade, 1,200 muskets; total, 3,450.

The Ninth New Hampshire and Thirty-Second Maine, from the Second Brigade, have not come up; will probably be here in the