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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

May 16, 1864. (Received 4.50 p. m.)

Major-General MEADE:

The firing from our front is merely to cover a reconnaissance, which was replied to by a few shots only. I have not as yet heard the result.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Numbers 178.

Washington, May 16, 1864.

1. Captain James St. C. Morton, Engineer Corps, is hereby relieved from duty in the Engineer Bureau and will report in person without delay to Major-General Meade, commanding Army of the Potomac, for assignment to duty with Major-General Burnside, U. S. Volunteers, commanding Ninth Army Corps.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, NINTH CORPS,

Spotsylvania Court-House, May 16, 1864.

Governor AUSTIN BLAIR,

Jackson, Mich.:

Michigan regiments of this division have been engaged in several skirmishes and three general engagements. They have all done well, some of them splendidly. Their losses since crossing the Rapidan to this date have been-killed, 161; wounded, 722; missing, 540. Total loss, 1,423. Will you please use every means in your power to hurry up all re-enforcements to these regiments? I thing we are on the high road to success.

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Haxall's, May 16, 1864.

Brigadier General D. MCM. GREGG,

Commanding Second Cavalry Division:

The major-general commanding directs that you send one regiment and the pioneers of your division to Jones' Bridge over the Chickahominy and repair said bridge. You will send this detail without delay. If you require them, more tools can be sent you from these headquarters.

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.