War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0571 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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army headquarters, and all information will be promptly forwarded to the major-general commanding, or, in his absence, to Major-General Meade.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, May 9, 1864-11 a.m. [Received 11.25 a.m.]

General MOTT,

Commanding Division:

SIR: The major-general commanding directs that you at once relieve General Barlow's line of pickets. The line need not be a strong one. Your own line need no longer be a strong one. It is important that the change should be made rapidly.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, May 9, 1864-12 m.

General MOTT:

SIR: The major-general commanding directs that you call your picket-line in pretty close, so that it can be drawn quickly inside the entrenchments, but still leaving small parties out on the roads on your front. Make the line very thin. You will be relieved very soon by the heavy artillery. Let your present pickets be relieved by a regiment, so that it can move together when withdrawn. Obstruct the roads leading out of your front, if it is not already done.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, May 9, 1864-12.15 p.m.

General MOTT,

Commanding Division:

SIR: The major-general commanding directs that you take charge of Todd's Tavern and hold the position. You will keep the artillery of your division with you. If you find that you can do better, you can place your troops in the entrenchments around Todd's Tavern, and picket the rifle-pits until you connect with General Birney, who will be on your left and front. The roads should be obstructed [those leading to the front and right], and men sent out on the roads with guards where the entrenchment crosses the roads. If an enemy threaten you can meet him either on the inner or outer line, as you think best. If by the Brock road, you had better meet him in the outer entrenchments, having the other occupied. The best way will