War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0128 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA AND N. C.

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MAY 23, 1864-4.45 p. m.

COMMANDING OFFICERS FIFTH CORPS:

The commanding general considers it better taht you should not cross your train to-night. Wright's head of column is not up yet but will start as soon as it arrives, and as your train has begun to move it will be cut by his troops.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

MAY 23, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICERS FIFTH CORPS:

We met your cavalry from Dower's Bridge yesterday afternoon between New Bethed Church and Madison's Ordinary. Since then nothing has been heard of them at these headquarters.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Carmel Church, May 23, 1864-6 p. m.

General WARREN:

I think it would be well if you could send down the river bank and look for leading to Ox Ford, where General Burnside is now moving to on Hancock's right. The head of General Wright's column is just coming up, too late to send him to [sic] join in a movement down the river. I have directed him to halt at the forks of the road leading to you and the one to Butler's Brigade. It will be dark before he gets there. I question the expediency of crossing your trains, for if the enemy is descending the Pamunkey and South Anna, wash all probably have to move to the left to-morrow.

GEO.. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRTH ARMY CORPS,

May 23, 1864-7 p. m.

Major-General MEADE:

I was attacked by Longstreet's men about 6 o'clock. I have repulsed them. The right is, however, still going, but I have no doubt we shell hold our own.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

May 23, 1864-8.45 p. m.

Major-General MEADE:

In my haste to send you some word during the row to-night I said "Longstreet' men", I should have said " Wilcox's men." I do not know if more attacked us. Part of my extreme right was just going into position when the enemy advanced, and receiving considerable fire, but without much loss. I had to drive them back with the artillery, which made so much noise. We have taken some