511-12. "Gen. Sedgwick Corps will move immediately after dark. You will follow immediately upon his rear—taking the same road stopping at the Piney Branch Church. These movements must be made with the greatest promptitude possible Send your Cavalry by the Brock Road, where it will be relieved by Gen Meade A part of his forces go out on that road and the necessary orders will be given it by him—" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 512. At 2:45 P. M. and 7:15 P. M., Comstock wrote to Burnside. "Lt Gen Grant desires that you at once send either Potter or Wilcox's Division to reinforce Sedgwick on the plank road—" "Lt Gen Grant desires me to say that you will take your wounded men with you instead of sending them to Rappahannock Station—" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 512.
May 7th 1864. 6.30 a. m
MAJ. GEN. MEADE,
COMD. G A. P.
Make all preparations during the day for a night march to take position at Spotsylvania C. H. with one Army Corps; at Todd's Tavern with one and another near the intersection Piney Branch & Spotsylvania road with the road from Alsops to Old C. H. If this move is made the trains should be thrown forward early in the morning to Ny River.
I think it would be advisable in making this change to leave Hancock where he is until Warren 1 passes him. He could then follow and become the right of the new line. Burnside will move to Piney Branch church. Sedgewick can move along the pike to Chancollorsville, thence to Piney Branch Church and on to his destination. Burnside will move on the plank road to the intersection of it with the O. F. plank road then follow Sedgewick to his place of destination.
All vehickles should be got out of hearing of the enemy before the troops move and then move off quietly.
It is more than probable the enemy will concentrate for a heavy attack on Hancock this afternoon. In case they do we must be prepared to resist them and follow up any success we may gain with