War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0082 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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The map only shows two roads for the four corps to march upon, but no doubt by the use of plantation roads and pressing in guides, others can be found to give one for each corps. The troops will follow their respective reconnoitering parties. The train will be moved at the same time to Milford Station. Headquarters will follow the Ninth Corps.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, May 22, 1864-4.15 a. m.

General S. WILLIAMS:

GENERAL: Your dispatch of 8 p. m. yesterday just received by Captain Meade. As soon as I ascertained that the road was interfered with I sent a courier with dispatches to you. Previously, during the day, a squadron had been sent up to Guiney's Bridge, and I supposed that through their efforts the road would be kept clear. Everything quiet here at this hour. I wrote you in detail last night at 6.10 p. m., and sent it with a command of cavalry, which, I suppose, has reached you, though I have not any receipt from it. My command is all on this side of the river about Coates' house. I will direct General Torbert to keep the road to the rear clear.

Very respectfully, you obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 22, 1864-7.15 a. m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

The major-general commanding has directed General Torbert to leave 500 cavalry with you, and with the remainder of his force to move to New Bethel Church, on the road running west from Bowling Green, a mile or two west of the Mattapony.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, May 22, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have communicated with General Warren, and have had infantry and cavalry near New Bethel Church, the cavalry meeting some of General Burnside's people. No force of the enemy has been discovered in the vicinity of my position. Their nearest posi-