HDQRS. DEPT. OF WASHINGTON, 22nd ARMY CORPS, Washington, D. C., May 6, 1864.
Brigadier General JOHN P. SLOUGH,
Military Governor of Alexandria:
GENERAL: All officers en route to join their regiments in the Army of the Potomac or General Burnside's command have been ordered to report to you, and await further instructions or an opportunity to join their commands in Alexandria.
J. H. TAYLOR,
Chief of Staff and Assistant Adjutant-General.
WASHINGTON CITY, May 6, 1864-11 p. m.
A dispatch of the New York Tribune reporter just received states that yesterday the Army of the Potomac came in collision with Lee's army near Chancellorsville; that Lee's whole army is there, and that a general battle would take place to-day. After he left the army on his way in heavy cannonading was heard, showing that the engagement was going on. Burnside reached the field with his forces last night.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND N. CAROLINA, Near City Point, Va., May 6, 1864-2.30 p. m. (Received 9.30 p. m.)
Commanding U. S. Army:
In continuation of my telegram of yesterday I have to report that we have not been disturbed during the night; that all our troops are landed; that we have taken the positions which were indicated to the commanding general at our last conference and are carrying out that plan.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
MAY 6, 1864.
Just from City Point. Major-General Butler thinks it unsafe to run line south sides river from Jamestown yes; can't protect it. May have to start one from City Point. Will see Butler to-morrow and decide, if possible; also arrange regular dispatch boats from Butler's headquarters to Jamestown office. I left 3.30 p. m. We occupy City Point, both sides of Appomattox, also for some distance up it. Butler thought Petersburg might be evacuated. Will let you hear from me to-morrow. Hurry that battery and wire along.
G. D. SHELDON.