War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0516 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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Lee's divisions, and drove them on the Spotsylvania road about 3 miles. They were very handsomely repulsed and drove on the road to Beech Grove Church. They had constructed barricades and rifle-pits, which we charged and captured. I had only four brigades engaged-Merritt's, Davies', Colonel Gregg's, and Colonel Devin's. They all behaved splendidly. I captured prisoners from Lomax's, Wickham's, Rosser's, Young's, Gordon's, and Chambliss' brigades, and killed Colonel Collins, of the Fifteenth Virginia Cavalry.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS, May 7, 1864.

Brigadier-General MERRITT,

Commanding Reserve Brigade:

GENERAL: The general commanding division directs me to inform you that the First and Second Brigades have been ordered to move forward again to the positions occupied by them yesterday morning.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CARSWELL McCLELLAN,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Chancellorsville, Va., May 7, 1864-7.10 a.m.

Brigadier-General GREGG,

Commanding Second Cavalry Division:

The general directs me to inform you that General Custer has just been ordered to drive the enemy's cavalry back on the Furnace road to beyond the Brock road, and to take up his old position of yesterday morning on the Brock road. If you hear any firing in his direction you will understand what it is.

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.

NEW YORK, May 7, 1864. (Received 2.10 p.m.)

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

Major-General Peck is here, on his way home on surgeon's certificate of disability. He will be able to take command of the troops in the city and harbor in a few days if assigned to me. I have assigned General De Trobriand to the command temporarily; he is here waiting orders.

JOHN A. DIX,

Major-General.