War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0116 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Belle Plain, Va., May 23, 1864.

Brigadier-General BERNHAM,

Commanding Engineer Corps, U. S. Army:

GENERAL: General Abercrombie requests me to inform you that he will march for Port Royal overland and not by way of Fredericksburg. Can you have the pontoon bridges there for crossing the troops?

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBERT L. ORR,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS,

May 23, 1864.

General BENHAM:

GENERAL: I sent your dispatch for General Humphreys to him, although it was directed to General Abercrombie. The messenger who brought it is detained at Captain Slosson's to convey General H.'s answer to you.

ED. SCHRIVER,

Inspector-General.

NORTH ANNA SIGNAL STATION,

May 23, 1864-4.30 p. m.

[General HANCOCK?:]

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that observations just made from a tree top disclosed five guns in position and in use by the enemy near the railroad bridge. About 300 cavalry were seen to move back from the river and disappear in the woods, clouds of dust just from woods about 1 mile beyond the river.

TAYLOR.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 23, 1864-11 a. m.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

SIR: The head of my column is at Old Chesterfield, half a mile from the depot. I am now about advancing. I am afraid General Torbert, commanding the cavalry, has taken the wrong road, as he has run into your column. My impression is that my road leads by the station.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

Old Chesterfield, May 23, 1864-11.05 a. m.

General WILLIAMS:

SIR: The head of my column has arrived, and the First Division is massed here. My advance has been at the depot. The infantry