War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0139 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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capable of taking all the sick or wounded, they can go down by water in preference, otherwise let them go down to Aquia, where boats are in waiting to transport them to Washington. As soon as I can get the Government property and prisoners from here I will take up the line of march. If you have any empty wagons send them down here for supplies. Advise me immediately of the fact by telegraph or messenger, so taht the commissary can remain to load them, otherwise the supplies will go to Port Royal by boat.

Respectfully, &c.,

J. J. ABERCROMBIE.

HEADQUARTERS,

Belle Plain, Va., May 23, 1864-12 m.

Colonel E. SCHRIVER, Fredericksburg:

The following communication was received at these headquarters this a. m.,

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

New Bethel Church, Va., May 23, 1864-7 p. m.

Brigadier General J. J. ABERCROMBIE,

Commanding:

The road from Bowling Green to Fredericksburg is now uncovered, and it will not be safe for anything to pass over it without escort. You will, therefore, permit nothing to come forward from Fredericksburg, unless when troops are passing to give the necessary portion.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

JNO. A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff:

General Lockwood will be with you this day with a brigade. You can consult with him if it is necessary to detain a portion for your post.

J. J. ABERCROMBIE.

HEADQUARTERS,

Belle Plain, Va., May 23, 1864-5.30 p. m.

Colonel E. SCHRIVER, Fredericksburg, Va.:

A train of fifty wagons started this a. m., guard by Colonel Telley's regiment, 500 me. General Lockwood, with about 1,700 men, is en route to Fredericksburg. Orders from army headquarters compel me to stop work on Aquia railroad and sharp the rolling-stock to Washington. Send the ammunition to Port Royal by water. I will probably march with the troops by 12 noon to-morrow. Batteries will probably march with the troops. Fifteen thousand rations started at 1 p. m. to-day via Aquia railroad.

J. J. ABERCROMBIE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS,

Belle Plain, Va., May 23, 1864.

Colonel E. SCHRIVER,

Fredericksburg:

Are there any wagons on the road for this place/ Answer.

J. J. ABERCROMBIE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.