War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0549 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

In Camp near Alrich's, May 8, 1864-11.30 p.m.

Brigadier-General STEVENSON,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: You will march your command to-morrow morning at 3.30 o'clock for a point on the road called Gate, following General Willcox, who is ordered to march at 3 a.m. In the absence of the general commanding you will report to General Willcox. The general commanding desires to see you before starting to give you fuller instructions. Colonel Marshall will relieve General Willcox in his present position.

Very respectfully,

WM. CUTTING,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Alrich's, May 8, 1864.

General POTTER,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that you issue to-day and to-night five days' rations from to-morrow. You will probably remain in position till some time to-morrow morning. The issue should be made at the earliest possible moment.

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

D. R. LARNED,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Same to Brigadier-General Stevenson, commanding First Division; General Ferrero, commanding Fourth Division; Colonel Marshall, commanding Provisional Brigade.)

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, May 8, 1864.

Brigadier-General POTTER,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that you hold your command in readiness to move at very short notice, and that unusual care be given to your picket-line. The fight at Spotsylvania Court-House was very severe, with great loss to our side, particularly in the cavalry force, and your command may be ordered down at a moment's notice. He also desires that the men of your command have all the rest they can have consistent with a strict watch along your whole line.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. R. LARNED,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

(Same to Brigadier-General Ferrero, commanding Fourth Division.)