line south west from spottsylvania C. H. you strike the Po again then drawing a line from the Quesenberry house a little south of west one mile you strike the Po again and at that point the enemys entrenchments seem to end & to run from that point directly to spottsylvania C H All accounts agree that there are no entrenchments south of the Po at a point two miles south East of Smiths Mill. The Po & Ny unite the four points on the Po given in this dispatch will give the General direction of that River from all the information given by our pickets left behind this morning the enemy evacuated their works in our front before we left this morning" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); ibid., RG 108, Letters Received; copy, ibid., RG 393, 9th Army Corps, Telegrams Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 927-28.
On the same day, USG sent to Burnside a telegram received at 4:15 P. M. "Can you not occupy the Quesenberry house with a brigade? It will be a good point from which to observe the movements of the enemy." Ibid., p. 928. At 3:40 P. M., Burnside telegraphed to USG. "I had one brigade at the Queensbury house but withdrew it will have it replaced at once" Telegram received, DNA, RG 107, Telegrams Collected (Unbound); ibid., RG 108, Letters Received. Printed as sent at 4:30 P. M. in O. R., I, xxxvi, part 2, 928.
At 9:15 P. M., USG telegraphed to Burnside. "What news with you this evening? The enemy crossed the Ny, to our right, this evening, in considerable force. We having taken prisoners from three different divisions. Quite a sharp engagement has taken place, in which we have lost probably 1,500 men, killed and wounded." Ibid., p. 929. See following letter.
Head Quarters Armies of the U. S.
Near Spottsylvania C. H. Va May 19th/64
BRIG GEN FERRERO
COMD'G 4TH DIV. 9TH A C.
The enemy have crossed the Ny to the right of our lines in considerable force and may possibly detach a force to move on Fredericksburg. Keep your Cavalry pickets well out on the plank road and all the roads leading west and south of you. If you find the enemy moving Infantry and artillery towards you report it promptly—In that case take up strong positions and detain him all you can turning all trains back to Fredericksburg, and whatever falling back you may be forced to do do in that direction. I do not think the enemy will detach in that direction, but give you this warning in time in case they should—