to Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. "Move forward your Corps promptly at 9 o'clock A. M to day by Downers Bridge to New Bethel Church and seize and hold the crossing of the Ta river on the roads from there to Colmans Old Academy and on the road to Carrots Tavern—You will also get up and issue to your men tonight six days rations from and including tomorrow—Gens Warren & Wright are under orders to move this morning to Harris Store—Gen Hancock is at Milford Station. You will open communication with each of these places from New Bethel Church, holding your Corps in readiness to move to the support of either—Please keep these Headquarters advised from time to time of your progress—" Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59, 66; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 96. "The great number of men straggling from their commands on the march render it necessary that strong and efficient rear guards be detailed to prevent it You will therefore detail a regiment of your command as rear guard to your corps; one that will execute, strictly and to the letter, your orders, with instructions to summarily punish all men faling behind or stragling fromranks, and especially those who may be found going to farm houses for the purpose of pillaging. This is not to be construed into an order prohibiting foraging, but foraging must be done under direction's of Division Commanders." Copies, DLC-USG, V, 45, 59; DNA, RG 108, Letters Sent. O. R., I, xxxvi, part 3, 96.
Hd Quarters U S. Armies
11 p m May 23d 1864
MAJ GEN H W. HALLECK
CHF OF STAFF
The army moved from its position of this morning to the North Anna following closely Lees army—The 5th & 6th Corps marched by way of Harris Store to Jerico Ford and the 5th Corps succeeded in effecting a crossing and getting position without much opposition. Shortly after however they were violently attacked but handsomely repulsed the assault without much loss to us.
We captured some prisoners. The 2nd Corps holds the Bridge just above the Railroad and the 9th Corps is between that and Jerico Ford on the North Bank in face of the enemy—It is doubtful whether troops can be crossed except where the 5th and 6th Corps are. Every thing looks exceedingly favorable for us
U S GRANT