War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0088 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 5, 1864-11.20 a. m.

Brigadier-General GREGG,

Commanding Cavalry:

The major-general commanding directs that you post a regiment on the telegraph road, about three mils outside of the Old Court-House, near where the road to Sycamore Church intersects it, and about a mile beyond the Birchett house, with instructions to scout constantly to and beyond Cocke's Mill, Sycamore Church, and out the stage road, so as to give the earliest information to the commanding officer at Old Court-House of the appearance in that vicinity of any cavalry force of the enemy. The commander of the regiment will put himself in communication with the commander at Old Court-House.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 5, 1864-8.30 p. m.

Brigadier-General GREGG,

Commanding Cavalry:

The major-general commanding directs that you picket from the left of General Parke's infantry pickets across the Jerusalem plank road and watch and patrol the main avenues of approach between the Jerusalem plank road and the James River. That part of your force not engaged in picketing and patrolling will be established on the plank road, where it will be available to meet any movement of the enemy.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 5, 1864-9.50 p. m.

Brigadier-General GREGG,

Commanding Cavalry.

I send you dispatch* from General Hancock. The commanding general wishes that, in disposing your command as indicated in dispatch of this evening, you would direct your troops to move on roads out-side of the lines of intrenchments.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

October 5, 1864.

Brigadier General H. E. DAVIES,

Commanding First Brigade, Second Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that you at once cause all communication between your pickets and those of the enemy to be stopped. Officers on picket will not be allowed to converse and other-wise communicate with the enemy. The pickets will perform their duty as heretofore without seeking information by conversation.

A. H. BIBBER,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

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*See Hancock to Humphreys, 8.30 p. m., p. 83.

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