776 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CRAP. XLVIII.
HDQRS. CAVALRY CORPS, ARMY OF THE. POTOMAC,
Todd's Tavern, May 7, 1864-8 p. m.
GENERAL : The cavalry made a very handsome fight here this
afternoon. We found the whole rebel cavalry here, Hampton's and
Fitzhugh Lee's divisions, and drove them on the Spotsylvania road
about 3 miles. They were very handsomely repulsed, and drove on
the road to Beech Grove Church. They had constructed barricades
and rifle-pits, which we charged and captured. I had only four
brigades engaged—Merritt's, Davies', Colonel Gregg's, and Colonel
Devin's. They all behaved splendidly. I captured prisoners from
Lomax's, Wickham's, Rosser's, Young's, Gordon's, and Chambliss'
brigades, and killed Colonel Collins, of the Fifteenth Virginia Cav-
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
P. H. SHERIDAN,
Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS A.2MY OF THE POTOMAC,
May 12, 1864. (Received 7.20 p. m.)
Maj. Gen. H. W. HALLECK,
Chief of Staff:
The following dispatch just received :
Maj. Gen. GEORGE G. MEADE,
Commanding Army of the Potomac :
GENERAL : I turned the enemy's right and got into their rear. Did not meet suf-
ficient of cavalry to stop me. Destroyed from 8 to 10 miles of Orange railroad,
two locomotives, three trains, and a very large amount of supplies. The enemy
were making a depot of supplies at Beaver Dam. Since I got into their rear there
has been great excitement among the inhabitants and with the army. The citizens
report that Lee is beaten. Their cavalry has attempted to annoy my rear and
flank, but have Been run off. I expect to fight their cavalry south of South Anna
River. I have no forage. Started with half rations for one day, and have found
none yet. Have recaptured 500 of our men ; 2 colonels.
I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
P. H. SHERIDAN,
U. S. GRANT,
BOTTOM'S BRIDGE, VA., May 13, 1864.
(Via Jamestown Island, 11 p. m., 14th.)
GENERAL : I have the honor to report that at 5 a. m. on the 9th
instant I marched my command to Tabernacle Church to carry out
your instructions. 'On examination I found that all the forage on
hand with the command was half-rations for one day. I therefore
determined at once to march around the enemy's right flank, gain
the North Anna, and, if possible, the South Anna, before giving the
enemy's cavalry battle, as I thought that at either of those points I
HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY CORPS,
May 10, 1864.