War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0066 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS, White House, May 21, 1864-9.30 a. m.

Brigadier-General GREGG,

Commanding Second Cavalry Division:

MY DEAR GENERAL: Three transports and two gun-boats arrived at West Point last night. I have sent for them to come here this morning. As soon as they get here I will supply Merritt's division, and send it to Old Church, and let you come back to get your supplies. As soon as I hear from Custer you can go to Old Church. The gun-boats do not like to come up the Pamunkey on account of torpedoes, but I still hope to get them up. If they do not come, we will be obliged to go to West Point to get supplies. Forsyth informed me that he notified you that we moved to White House this morning.


Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, White House, Va., May 21, 1864-5.30 p. m.

Brigadier-General GREGG,

Commanding Second Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you withdraw your command, also General Wilson's division, to this place in order to obtain forage and rations. The general has heard nothing from General Custer and desires to know if you have any tidings of him. If so, please send in word as soon as possible.


Assistant Adjutant-General.


Brigadier General J. H. WILSON,

Commanding Third Division, Cavalry Corps:

GENERAL: Brigadier-General Gregg, commanding cavalry force near Cold Harbor, directs that you move your division from its present position to White House, starting at 3 a. m. to-morrow. Arrived at White House, you will report to major-general commanding Cavalry Corps. The Second Division will march at 4 a. m. to-morrow. Rations and forage will be supplied the divisions at the White House.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ENGINEERS BRIGADE, Camp at Belle Plain, May 21, 1864.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt at 10 a. m. to-day of your dispatch of 9.30 last evening, and every possible preparation