War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0438 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 6, 1864-6 a.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

Commanding:

GENERAL: Sedgwick and Warren are engaged; have been since 5 a.m. No news from Hancock. Would it not be well for Burnside's cavalry to watch our extreme right by the fords, letting them go out on all the roads toward the enemy; and if enough can be spared to cross the river, they might scout on the other side.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY,

May 6-6.10 a.m.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Lieutenant-General Grant desires that you adopt General Meade's suggestion.

C. B. COMSTOCK,

Lieutenant Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 6, 1864-7 p.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

General Sedgwick has just reported the enemy having vigorously assaulted his line and turned his right flank. I have sent the Pennsylvania Reserves to him. Will report when more is heard.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

Another officer just reported that Sedgwick's whole line has given way.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC

May 6, 1864-2 p.m.

Lieutenant MORRIS SCHAFF,

Ordnance Officer:

The commanding general directs that you return with your party and dispatches to these headquarters, the orders directing the procuring of an additional supply of ammunition having been recalled.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SIGNAL STATION-10.05 a.m.

Captain TAYLOR:

A rebel skirmish line just made its appearance and fired a few shots in the edge of the woods in front of me.

THICKSTUN.