War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0778 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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WHITE HOUSE, VA., June 18, 1864-10.30 p. m.

(Received 2 a. m. 19th)

Major THOMAS T. ECKERT:

Probably cannot leave here for two or three days yet. Have arranged to destroy telegraph and to go by river to base of supplies by the last boats.

BICKSFORD.

CAMP NEAR WALKERTON, June 18, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

I have the honor to state, for the information of the major-general commanding, that the above dispatch* was started at 2 a. m. June 16, but the escort was unable to get thought. Since whiting the above dispatch I have been marching with my command down the north bank of the Mattapony River. My advance is to-night at Walkerton. I have taken this route, as my command was entirely out of rations and forage, and had to be subsisted off the country, and I knew that by crossing the river and moving down between the Pamunkey and Mattapony Rivers I could not supply myself.

In addition I have to state that I could find out nothing about supplies being left forme, either at the White House or West Point, and shall, therefore, have to line off the country until I can get some definite information. I am doing very well at present in the way of supplies, and think that I'll do better as I move on. I have sent forward to West point to make arrangements for rations, &c., for my troops and to send off my wounded and prisoners of war.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 18, 1864.

Brigadier-General GREGG,

Commanding Second Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that in your advance to-day you will arrest all citizens (male) capable of bearing arms.

JAS. W. FORSYTH,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff:

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Brigadier-General GREGG,

Commanding Second Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you detail two regiment of your command to march at 7 o'clock to-morrow morning to West Point, as an escort to the train of wounded men and prisoners.

E. B. PARSONS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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* See Part I, p. 784.

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