safety of any portion of the line you now hold, relieving General Gibbon's troops as far as you are able to extend. This is to be done at daylight to-morrow.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
FRANCIS A. WALKER,
HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION. NINTH ARMY CORPS,
July 1, 1864.
Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Army Corps:
COLONEL: Upon a second conversation this p.m. I thought it was perfectly understood what position I was to occupy, which is the one indicated in your letter. My troops are in that position since 5 o'clock last evening.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
July 1, 1864.-10.30 p.m.
The major-general commanding directs that upon being relieved by General Wright to-morrow you take post at the crossing of the Black-water by the old Norfolk road and picket from the left of the Sixth Corps picket-line, near Sturdivant's Mill, toward Prince George Court-House.
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
Lee's Mill, Va., July 1, 1864-2 a.m.
Chief of Staff:
I am in receipt of your note directing me to follow in the direction General Wilson is reported to have gone. I will move in the morning, but it will be at the risk of dismounting my command. I marched from the river without forage and without preparation. My horses are worn out. Some of them have been without forage for forty-eight hours. I am satisfied that General Wilson cannot keep any considerable body of his command together. I thought it best to keep open the roads leading to the south, so that small parties can come in as they are now doing.
P. H. SHERIDAN,