“You will move your entire corps, with trains, to the south side of North Anna this afternoon”

We must get Burnside’s corps across the North Anna to connect our two bridgeheads.  I directed Rawlins to send this order,

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES, Mount Carmel Church, Va., May 24, 1864-1 p.m.

Major General A. E. BURNSIDE,
Commanding Ninth Army Corps:

GENERAL: You will move your entire corps, with trains, to the south side of North Anna this afternoon. General Warren has sent a division on the south side to drive the enemy away from his position opposite you, and General Hancock has sent a brigade for the same purpose. The ford must be opened by the time this reaches you. If not there is one about 1 mile farther up, between you and Warren, that is open; at least, is so reported. You can cross at this one and also at the bridge where Hancock crossed, marching your troops thus crossed to a point opposite to where you now are on the south side. You must get over and camp to-night on the south side. To-night these headquarters will be on the south of the river on the Telegraph road.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

JNO. A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

 

To the North Anna River, Gordon Rhea, Chpt 10

O.R., I, xxxvi, part 3, p 167

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