War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0700 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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bed of the road is good except in places where it has been converted into rifle-pits. The bridge across the creek at this place is burned. I shall graze my horses and try what I can find to-night.

Respectfully,

CLINE.

SPECIAL ORDERS.] HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 13, 1864.

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4. Brigadier-General Benham, commanding Engineer Brigade, will immediately have his troops repair the road from the landing at Belle Plain to the heights this side of that place. It is important that this road should be put in good order at once.

5. Three days' rations will be issued to the troops to-day from the supply trains, and the wagons thus emptied will be sent to Belle Plain accompanied by the division commissaries, who will see that they are reloaded with their proportion of subsistence stores, and the wagons will return to the army with as little delay as practicable. The issue ordered for to-day should, with the supplies already issued, ration the troops to include the 19th instant.

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By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDER.] HDQRS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 13, 1864 - 5.45 p. m.

The following movements of troops are ordered for to-night: Major-General Warren, commanding Fifth Corps, will move immediately after dark and will proceed in rear of the army, pass to the left of the Ninth Corps, and make his dispositions assault the enemy on the road from Gate to Spotsylvania Court-House. Brigadier-General Wright, commanding Sixth Corps, will move in like manner at the same time, if roads can be found; if not, after the Fifth Corps and take position on the left of the Fifth Corps, and make his dispositions to attack on the road from Massaponax Church to Spotsylvania Court-House. These attack will be made at 4 o'clock if practicable. Major-General Hancock will make his dispositions for attacking in his front, but will not do so till ordered, through he will in the mean time assume a threatening attitude. The trains, Artillery Reserve, &c., will be moved to Salem Church and vicinity. The telegraph wire will be taken up from Fifth Corps headquarters and will be extended from the Ninth Corps headquarters to the headquarters if the Fifth to-morrow. The chief engineer will furnish all information in his power, detail officers and guides if they can be procured, and take measures to repair or make roads for the artillery. The artillery of the corps should move by a route exterior to that on which the troops move.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.