War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0044 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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WASHINGTON, May 21, 1864-1.40 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

Near Spotsylvania, Va.:

Orders in accordance with your letter of yesterday have been sent to General Hunter. Generals' Meigs and Barnard have been sen to James River, to make the investigations and reports, as directed in your telegrams of 7 a. m. to-day.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

WASHINGTON, May 21, 1864-9.40 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

Near Spotsylvania, Va.:

If the depots at Fredericksburg, Belle Plain, and Aquia Creek are to be transferred to Port Royal, please let me know immediately, as troops and supplies are being sent every hour to the former places, and much delay will be caused by landing and re-embarking.

H. W. HALLECK,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 21, 1864.

General HUMPHREYS:

Direct General Warren so soon as Wright has moved up to this place, that he move forward to Harris' Store, to which place he will be followed by Wright. On reaching that place he will endeavor to open communication with Hancock at Milford. Direct Wright to move up to this place as soon as Burnside opens the road, and on reaching here to notify Warren of the fact, and then follow Warren in support to Harris' Store. Order General Torbert, after leaving 500 men with Hancock, to proceed with the balance to Bethel church, reporting his arrival to headquarters, which will be established there. Direct Warren to send his cavalry forward to seize the bridge across the Ta River, and a portion of them to picket the bridge at Downer's on his left flank. Warren should also move out beyond Catlett's on the left hand road, and, if possible, secure and hold the crossing of the Ta River.

GEO. G. MEADE.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 21, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The prisoners taken from the cavalry and brought in this evening are from Chambliss's brigade, Ninth, Tenth, and Thirteenth Virginia Cavalry. One of them is a first lieutenant, and i gathered from a conversation with him at William Henry (Rooney) Lee is in command of the above and Rosser's brigades, which are all the cavalry with the enemy. The enemy were apprised of the