HEADQUARTERS NINTH CORPS, May 6, 1864.
The commanding directs that you report in person to General Sedgwick for orders. Also that you notify the commanders of the white troops in your vicinity to report also. These are Colonel Marshall's command [and] Third New Jersey Cavalry. This will be their order.
HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES, May 6, 1864-8 a.m.
Relieve Colonel Marshall's (Provisional) brigade and heavy artillery regiments now guarding the roads leading to the Jacobs' Ferry road by colored troops, reserving enough of the latter to guard your trains and bridge. Move Colonel Marshall's command up the plank road to the intersection of the road leading to General Sedgwick, to support him when called for. Report this disposition to General Sedgwick. Direct all your trains to be moved to this side of the river and park them. General Meade ordered all the troops to report to him.
By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
JNO. A. RAWLINS,
Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS SIXTH CORPS, May 6, 1864-8.50 a.m.
General Sedgwick directs that you will advance your white troops along the road indicated by the guide who carries you this. You will attack and press the enemy with all dispatch.
Captain of Engineers.
HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS, May 6, 1864-11.45 a.m.
Commanding Division, Ninth Corps:
The following dispatch has been received by General Sedgwick from General Humphreys, chief of staff:
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The major-general commanding directs me to say that General Ferrero, with a division of black troops, is under your command, together with some cavalry of General Burnside's. You will dispose of them in such manner as you think best.
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A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Chief of Staff.