Head Quarters Armies of the United States.
New Bethel Va. May. 22nd 1864
MAJ GEN MEADE
COMD'G A. P.
Direct Corps Commanders to hold their troops in readiness to march at 5. A. M. tomorrow—At that hour each command will send out Cavalry and Infantry on all roads to their front leading South and ascertain if possible where the enemy is—If beyond the South Anna the 5th and 6th Corps will march to the forks of the road, where one branch leads to Beaver Dam Station, the other to Jericho Bridge; then south by roads reaching the Anna as near to and east of Hawkins bridge creek as they can be found —The 2nd Corps will move to Chesterfield Ford—The 9th Corps will be directed to move at the same time to Jericho Bridge—The map only shows two roads for the four Corps to march upon, but no doubt by the use of plantation roads and pressing in guides others can be found to give one for each Corps—
The troops will follow their respective reconnoitering parties. The train will be moved at the same time to Milford Station—
Head Quarters will follow the 9th Corps—
U. S. GRANT
LS, DNA, RG 393, Army of the Potomac, Telegrams Received. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 81-82.
On May 21, 1864, 6:15 P. M., Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock, Coates' House near Milford, wrote to Brig. Gen. Seth Williams, adjt. for Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, reporting movements of the 2nd Corps, especially those of Brig. Gen. Alfred Torbert. Ibid., pp. 49-50. This message was received at 4:00 A. M., May 22, and endorsed by Meade to USG. "The within just received. The officer bringing it says it is 16 miles to Hancock. I have retained him to send orders back. Warren was ordered to hold all he had gotten yesterday and to send support to his cavalry at the Ta. I have not ordered him to move till you shall so direct, and indicate the road. If he does move, he had better have another corps in rear in support." Ibid., p. 50.
On May 22, 7:00 A. M. and 9:00 P. M., Brig. Gen. John A. Rawlins wrote