War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0765 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.- UNION.

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HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Haxall's landing, James River, Va., May 14, 1864.

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report the arrival of my command at this point. The rebel cavalry are very much demoralized since the fights at Yellow Tavern and Meadow Bridge. I encamped at Walnut Grove from 2 o'clock of the 12th till 9 o'clock of the 13th awaiting an attack, but the enemy did not come on. I could not hunt him up, as my horses have been living on grass nearly all the time since I left and were too weak and jaded. Major- General Stuart was badly wounded at Yellow Tavern, and Colonel Pate killed. The loss of the enemy at both Yellow Tavern and Meadow Bridge was very severe. I find that my command was attacked while inside of the intrenchments at Richmond, by two brigades of infantry and the men feel greatly elated at driving them back behind their works. We remained inside of the intrenchments from 9 p. m. of the 11th till 3 p. m. of the next day, and then whipped the enemy's cavalry and infantry.

The country passed through by my command is entirely destitute; there is nothing for man or animals. All the country north of the James River is in this conditional from my best information. It will take me several days to get my command in condition for effective service. I have taken the greatest care of the horses; in fact I have made regulars marches, encamping every night, grazing the animals, and collecting supplies for the men. Only three days' rations were taken by the command. This had lasted six days. If I could be permitted to cross the James River and go southward I could almost ruin the Confederacy. I forward this by Lieutenant-Colonel Kingsbury, my adjutant-general, who can give you many particulars, which will be given in my detailed report. Every exertion will be made to get the command in condition as soon as possible. I am sending my prisoners-between 200 and 300-and my wounded by boat to-night. In the report sent you front Bottom's Bridge, giving details of property destroyed at Beaver Dam Station, I omitted to state that ninety wagons wert also destroyed.

I am, general, yours, respectfully,

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Haxall's Landing, May 14, 1864.

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I shall commence making demonstrations against Richmond on the New Market road to-morrow morning (the 15th), and will continue to do so as long as I remain here, refitting and getting my command in condition.

I am, general yours, respectfully.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.