War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0629 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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referred to in the order for movements and changes of position to-night a copy of which order* accompanies this communication; With two divisions of your corps you will move on the morning of the 7th instant to Charlottesville and destroy the railroad bridge over the Rivanna, near that town. You will then thoroughly destroy the railroad from that point to Gordonsville, and from Gordonwville toward Hanover Junction, and the latter point, if practicable. The chief engineer, Major Duane, will furnish you a a canvas pontoon train of eight boats. The chief quartermaster will supply you with such tools, implements, and materials as you may require for the destruction of the road. Upon the completion of this duty will rejoin this army.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 5, 1864-7.10 p. m.

Major-General Sheridan,

Commanding Cavalry Corps:

The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that General Burnside will not occupy the line of the Matadequin, but will merely throw back his right to Bosher's. The cavalry on the right should, therefore, picket from that vicinity across to the Pamunkey passing near Linnery's where the cavalry brigade should be, instead of at Old Church. I inclose tracing of sketch+ showing position of Bosher's, &c.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 5, 1864-8 p. m.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Commanding Cavalry Corps:

By direction of the major-general commanding. I transmit herewith, for your guidance, instructions++ from Lieutenant-General Grant, commanding Armies of the United States, in regard to the operations assigned to you which modify somewhat the instructions upon that subject already given you.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Old Church Tavern, June 5, 1864-7.15 p. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff.

General Torbert's division is now posted near Haw's Shop, and General Wilson's division near Mrs. Via's house. Shall I withdraw

*See p. 603.

+Not found.

++ See Grant to Meade, June 5, p. 599.