War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0572 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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be to have scouts constantly out and returning on the roads. You will probably have nothing but cavalry around you. Your special object is to hold the cross-roads by Todd's Tavern and keep up a picket connection with General Birney. A rifle-pit [which will be marked out by Captain Turnbull, of the Engineers] should be built to continue from your left battery covering the two main roads leading to the front, where you are at once to collect the entrenching tools, and at the first opportunity have them reported to the officer in charge at these headquarters. Your headquarters will be at Todd's Tavern.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, May 9, 1864-1.30 p.m.

General MOTT,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The heavy artillery is now in front of the entrenchments. You can withdraw it when the troops are past, if you think best.

By command of Major-General Hancock:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, May 9, 1864-6 p.m. [Received 7 p.m.]

General MOTT:

SIR: The major-general commanding directs that the hospital train with the wounded may come on to this point [General Gibbon's headquarters] when the medical director of the corps requires it.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TODD'S TAVERN, May 9, 1864. [Received 11.40 p.m.]

Brigadier-General MOTT,

Commanding Division, Second Corps:

GENERAL: I am directed to procure a guide to show you the road from Todd's Tavern, via Hugh Alsop's, to the Tabernacle Church road, and have procured from Colonel Sharpe a colonel man who knows the route very well.

Yours,

W. H. PAINE,

Captain and Aide-de-Camp.