War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0374 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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Jersey Cavalry, then doing picket duty in front of my infantry pickets. We received sudden orders to move in the evening of the 9th (the date of the pass) or it would have been taken up by the guard on his return.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

EDWARD FERRERO,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Per GEO. A. HICKS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 21, 1864-1.15 p. m.

Major-General SHERIDAN, Cavalry Corps:

I am instructed to inform you that parties of guerrillas are prowling in the vicinity of the south side of the Blackwater, about south of Prince George Court-House. A party of them captured an officer yesterday visiting a safeguard on duty, but released him upon ascertaining his character. The commanding general desires if there is sufficient water to be had in the vicinity of Prince George Court-House that a brigade be stationed there, whose patrols shall connect with those of the brigade on the plank road.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 21, 1864.

(Received 7.40 p. m.)

Major-General SHERIDAN, Commanding Cavalry Corps:

Colonel Chapman, commanding cavalry brigade on the plank road, reports that he cannot patrol farther than the Norfolk road. The commanding general desires that the force at Prince George Court-House patrol across to the Norfolk road and meet the patrols of the brigade on the plank road.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Jordan's Point, Va., July 21, 1864-9 p. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

I will join the right of my pickets-line at the Two Bridges with the left of Colonel Chapman's brigade. There is no water near Prince George Court-House.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Jordan's Point, Va., July 21, 1864-9.30 p. m.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

I will connect with Colonel Chapman to-morrow and notify you when the connection is made.

P. H. SHERIDAN,

Major-General.