War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0590 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS, June 4, 1864.

Brigadier-General AMES,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: As soon as General Burnside's troops arrive to take your place in the lines, the commanding general directs that you withdraw all of your command now on the far side of the swamp to this side to be formed as a reserve to our right flank. The lines will be relieved by regiments as General Burnside arrives to take your place. The battery on our right will be withdrawn to-night by Captain Elder. To-morrow your troops will relieve those of General Martindale, for which proper order will be given.

I am, general, very respectfully, &c.,

N. BOWEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Old Church Tavern, June 4, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to inform you that Cavalry Corps headquarters are established at Old Church Tavern, 1 mile this side of Cold Harbor on left-hand side of road going down. General Sheridan has not yet returned from General Wilson.

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 4, 1864.

Brigadier-General GREGG,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: The Thirteenth Ohio Mounted Infantry is ordered to report to you to-morrow morning. The major-general commanding desires that you dismount it and give the horses to your dismounted veterans.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. KINGSBURY, Jr.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. 2nd DIV., CAV. CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 4, 1864-9 p. m.

Lieutenant Colonel J. W. FORSYTH,

Chief of Staff:

This evening at 6 o'clock the enemy opened upon me with four pieces of artillery. The guns were not the same as those used yesterday. The bolts from Whitworth guns reached to the rear of my headquarters. Opposite Bottom's Bridge the enemy have been very busy during the day digging. Late this evening at Fisher's Bridge (rather ford), 1 1/2 miles below Bottom's Bridge, a party of the enemy were formed in the swamp on this side the river. They had constructed barricades and were in dense woods. A squadron