War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0602 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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protect the march of a brigade moving up the river, three regiments and a section of artillery, sending a staff officer with them to know their position after arriving.

By command of Major-General Hancock:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 10, 1864-7 a. m.

[General MOTT:]

GENERAL: While in your present position you will be under the direction of Brigadier-General Wright, commanding Sixth Corps. I wish you would push out reconnoitering parties in all directions and obtain all possible information of the country and the enemy.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 10, 1864-8.15 a. m.

Brigadier-General MOTT, Commanding Division:

The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that General Burnside reports that he is at the crossing of the Ny, 1 1/2 miles from Spotsylvania Court-House. The map is erroneous. A man living in this vicinity states that it is but a mile from where you are to General Burnside. This, however, may be erroneous. He states that Gayle's farm, on the east bank of the Ny, extends nearly from General Burnside up to where you are. The major-general commanding wishes you to establish connection with Burnside and Wright.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

May 10, 1864.

Brigadier-General MOTT,

Commanding Division, Second Corps:

GENERAL: Colonel Campbell, commanding regiments on your right, reports that the enemy are throwing up rifle-pits in front of his skirmish line and yours. General Wright thinks it is intended only as a show for the purpose of detaining us, and wishes you to take such measures as will determine at once the position and force in your front. Report result as promptly as possible.

By order of Brigadier-General Wright:

M. T. McMAHON,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 10, 1864-12.50 p. m. (Received 2 p. m.)

Brigadier-General MOTT,

Commanding Division, Second Corps:

GENERAL: The order sent to you last night to move to the sound of General Burnside's guns is herewith rescinded. If General Burn-