Our forces are proceeding to the south and have crossed the North Anna river. So far their crossing has been unopposed. Gen. Meade forwarded this report from Gen. Warren.
JERICHO MILLS, May 23, 1864-1.30 p. m.
The enemy made no show of resistance at this point. My infantry are fording. Pope’s cavalry will follow the first brigade. I do not believe the enemy intends holding the North Anna. There is no bridge here. I am fording. The point is about 2 miles due west from the Telegraph road at Carmel Church.
G. K. WARREN,
Major-General of Volunteers.
P. S. -I could have been over two hours sooner, but there was no one who knew the place as a bridge, and I was taken toward the bridge on the Telegraph road by a negro, who said he knew every brigade on the river.
G. K. W.
I have informed General Hancock, and asked him to send word to you if he knows where to. I fear this will be a long time reaching you.
It appears from the within that Warren has crossed the river; should he go on or only the crossing? What should Wright do; cross after Warren or go to some point high up?
GEO. G. MEADE,
HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
Moncure’s House, Va., May 23, 1864-2 p. m.
Commanding Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: The Second Corps will proceed to suitable campaign-grounds on the banks of the North Anna, near the New Brigade, which is the crossing of the Telegraph road over the Anna. If possible, the bridge and crossing will be secured. This corps will also extend east to hold the railroad bridge. The Ninth Corps will take position to the right of the Second Corps and will seize Ox Ford, a ford over the Anna next west of New Bridge. If practicable, this ford will also be held. The Fifth Corps will occupy the bank of the river to cover and hold Jericho Ford. The Sixth Corps will take place on the right of the Fifth Corps. If any bridge or ford is to their front it will be seized and held; if none front effort will be made to open roads to the river at points where crossing may be effected to their front.
U. S. GRANT,
Map by Hal Jespersen, www.cwmaps.com
To the North Anna River, Gordon Rhea, Chpt 9
O.R., I, xxxvi, part 3, p 115, 125