War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0467 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE,ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 6, 1864-1 p.m.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Commanding Cavalry Corps:

Your dispatch of 11.45 a.m. received. General Hancock has been heavily pressed and his left turned. The major-general commanding thinks that you had better draw in your cavalry so as to secure the protection of the trains. The order requiring an escort for the wagons to-night has been rescinded.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 6, 1864-2.35 p.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

Your dispatch received. The trains are now moving to Ely's Ford. The trains of the Second Army Corps would not move without an escort, so I have sent 1,300 dismounted men to Ely's Ford with it. I have sent a regiment to scour the country to United States Ford and to watch the roads. United States Ford is not in a passable condition for cavalry or infantry without much labor; it is also quite deep. The enemy's cavalry again attacked me and were repulsed and driven, leaving their dead and wounded on the field. They are now working toward my left, and I have made new dispositions in accordance with orders received from the major-general commanding.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 6, 1864-5.50 p.m.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: Unless the trains are ordered to cross the river at Ely's Ford and directed to park on the north bank, the road will be blocked up and it will be impossible to get to the ford.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding Cavalry Corps.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS, May 6, 1864.

Brigadier-General MERRITT:

As soon as General Wilson relieves your brigade, which he is to do at once, you will come back and take position on the road leading from the road you are on to the Furnaces, your right at the Furnaces. When you start back send an officer here for the balance of W[illiston's] battery. General Custer is at the intersection of the middle road from the Furnaces and the Brock road. I have just