War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0528 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 8, 1864.

Corps and independent commanders will take immediate measures to issue to their respective commands to-day five days' marching rations. One day's salt meat must be left in the wagons. Commanders will at once ascertain through their chief quartermasters the location of their trains, and no wagons will be moved from the general trains other than those necessary to transport the supplies ordered to be issued. Until further orders only 5 pounds of forage per animal will be issued as the forage ration. Headquarters will be at Piney Church to-day.

By command of Major-General Meade:

CHAS. E. PEASE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 8, 1864-2.15 p.m.

1. Captain A. M. Wright, commanding Fifty-second New York Volunteers, is assigned to the charge of the guards designated to escort the train conveying the wounded to Fredericksbug, and to command of the detachment ordered to proceed to the battle-field and recover, if possible, under flag of truce, the wounded left there.

2. After placing in hospital at Fredericksburg the wounded now in his charge, Surg. E. B. Dalton, U. S. Volunteers, will proceed, with a suitable escort and train, to the late battle-field, for the purpose of recovering the wounded left there, and if necessary he will make application for permission to visit that field under flag of truce.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 8, 1864-3.45 p.m.

All ambulances and spring wagons of every description whatsoever now in use at any headquarters or by any officer of this army, for the transportation of baggage or any other purpose, will immediately be turned over the medical director for the transportation of the wounded. The empty wagons of the supply trains will be substituted for the ambulances and spring wagons above mentioned. It is expected that this order will be promptly complied with by every officer concerned.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 8, 1864-4 p.m.

The trains allowed to be with the troops will be brought sufficiently near to accompany them on the march of to-morrow morning.