HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 9, 1864-12 m. [Received 12.20 a.m. 10th.]
Commanding Second Corps:
Your dispatch of 10 p.m. received. The major-general commanding directs that the column move forward again at daylight in accordance with the directions issued to-night.
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 9, 1864.
GENERAL: General Grant thinks that Mott's division, of your corps, had better be moved to Wright's left, in order to prevent the enemy interposing between Wright and Burnside. Please order him to leave at 3 a.m. to-morrow. Captain Paine, of the Engineers, will show him, or send a guide, a position now occupied by two of Wright's regiments, which, from all accounts, will be a suitable one. He must establish a connection with General Wright on his right and try to find some communication with Burnside at the Gate. The heavy artillery brigade should return at the same time to Piney Branch Church.
GEO. G. MEADE,
ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, Todd's Tavern, May 9, 1864-12 m.
The corps will move as follows: General Barlow immediately, taking post on the right of General Gibbon; Artillery Reserve; General Birney's division, taking post on the right of General Barlow, the Artillery Brigade remaining in reserve in rear of General Birney. General Mott will remain at Todd's Tavern and hold the cross' roads, collecting all his men in advance, and will be governed by the special instructions. The ammunition and other trains that follow the troops will accompany the command.
By command of Major-General Hancock:
FRANCIS A. WALKER,
MAY 9, 1864.
Chief of Staff, or
Captain Thickstun, signal officer, reports column of cavalry moving on road leading to Spotsylvania Court-House, same road that wagons moved on.
J. E. HOLLAND,