War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0644 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

Near Spotsylvania Court-House, Va., May 11, 1864-8 p. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE,

Ninth Army Corps:

Only so much of General Ferrero's division will be sent as convoys to our empty wagons ordered to Belle Plain as the quartermaster in charge may deem sufficient. The remainder will be continued on its present duty of guarding roads to our rear, and on which our trains move. General Ferrero has been so instructed. This will enable you to use your Provisional Brigade if you need it.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

JNO. A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

May 11, 1864-9 p. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE,

Commanding Ninth Army Corps:

Scout just in from General Sheridan with dispatches. He has reached the South Anna, and is followed by the rebel cavalry. He has cut 10 miles of the Orange and Richmond Railroad, destroyed two locomotives and three trains, and a very large quantity of provisions. He has recaptured 500 of our men, including 2 colonels, and Lee's papers.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

Near Spotsylvania Court-House, Va., May 11, 1864-8 p. m.

Brigadier General E. FERRERO,

Commanding U. S. Colored Troops, Ninth Army Corps:

GENERAL: You will furnish only such escort for trains going to Belle Plain as the quartermaster in charge of same may require, retaining the remainder of your command in its present position, guarding the roads in our rear and on which are our trains. Communicate this order to General Burnside.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

JNO. A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Gayle's House, May 11, 1864-5.15 a. m.

Colonel MARSHALL,

Commanding at Alsop's:

COLONEL: The general commanding directs that you bring your entire force to this point at once, leaving only your picket-line on duty, and that portion of the cavalry force now on duty in the road from here to Alsop's house. He desires that you use the greatest