War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0563 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HDQRS. FIRST Brigadier, THIRD DIV., CAVALRY CORPS, June 3, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel W. P. BRINTON,

Commanding Eighteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry:

COLONEL: The colonel commanding desires you to keep a strong picket on Shady Grove Church road, well thrown out. It is necessary that we should hold that road, and, if need be, your whole regiment must be put on it. Communicate immediately anything that may transpire on that road.

I remain, colonel, very respectfully,

[EDMUND BLUNT, Jr.,]

Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp and Actg. Asst. Adjt. General

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 3, 1864-12.30 a. m.

Brigadier General J. J. ABERCROMBIE,

Commanding, &c., White House:

GENERAL: By authority of Lieutenant-General Grant the commanding general directs that Brigadier-General Ames and his command join the Eighteenth Army Corps near Cold Harbor forthwith.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS, White House, June 3, 1864.

Brigadier General JOHN A. RAWLINS,

Chief of Staff, Armies of the United States:

GENERAL: We have a locomotive here and a construction corps under Major Wentz, of the engineers, who says the road can be finished to the Chickahominy in four days. Shall it be done? General Ames had been already ordered forward when your dispatch arrived. I did not intend keeping him longer than to-day.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. J. ABERCROMBIE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

COLD HARBOR, June 3, 1864.

Brigadier-General ABERCROMBIE,

Commanding Re-enforcements:

Your communication of this day received. Let Major Wentz commence at once to repair the railroad from White House to Chickahominy.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

JNO. A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.