War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0508 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS,

One and a half Miles from Germanna Ford, May 7, 1864-12.45 [p.] m.

General SEDGWICK:

The road is all open to Germanna Ford. One battalion of the Fifth New York Cavalry crossed the ford this morning at 7 a.m. They came from Rappahannock Station, and left that station at 2.30 this morning. The Third New Jersey Cavalry was on the north side of the river at Germanna Ford. Everything perfectly quiet, and no sign of an enemy on the left of the road. Will be back soon.

J. B. McINTOSH,

Colonel, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS, May 7, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

Colonel S. J. Crooks, Twenty-second New York Cavalry, sends a report that he finds cavalry pickets of the enemy on the plank road near the point where the Ely's Ford road intersects it. Also that a short distance down the river on both sides large column of dust can be seen.

JOHN SEDGWICK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS, May 7, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

I don't know who Colonel Crooks, Twenty-second New York Cavalry, is, except that he reports himself senior officer of cavalry, and that he was about 2 miles this side of the Rapidan when he sent word in about the columns of dust. He has just sent another (verbal) report that his skirmishers were engaging the enemy's 1 mile this side of the Rapidan.

JOHN SEDGWICK,

Major-General.

Colonel McIntosh, who has just here, reports he has been moving from Ely's to Germanna Ford. I now send a squadron to Germanna from here. Your dispatch received and contents communicated to Colonel Crooks.

J. S.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 7, 1864-2 p.m.

Major-General SEDGWICK,

Commanding Sixth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs me to transmit to you the accompanying orders for your information, with request that you will have them forwarded to Colonels Hammond and Purington.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHAS. E. PEASE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.