War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0515 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, May 7, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff;

The escort, 1,300 men, ordered to accompany the trains, are on their way to Ely's Ford, and will wait there for the train. General Sheridan has gone to the front.

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 7, 1864-2.50 p.m.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Commanding Cavalry Corps:

The cavalry which I had out on the plank road are now being driven in by the artillery of the enemy. You must make immediate dispositions for the protection of the trains in this direction.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, May 7, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: My headquarters I will establish to-night at or near Alrich's. I am driving the enemy's cavalry at Todd's Tavern.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 7, 1864-6.15 p.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

I have the honor to report that I attacked the rebel cavalry at Todd's Tavern this afternoon, and, after a sharp and hotly contested action, drove them in confusion toward Spotsylvania Court-House. Our cavalry behaved splendidly. I cannot estimate the casualties. Two brigades of General Gregg's and two of General Torbert's were engaged.

I am, very respectfully,

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Todd's Tavern, May 7, 1864-8 p.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The cavalry made a very handsome fight here this afternoon. We found the whole rebel cavalry here, Hampton's and Fitzhugh