872 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [Crup. XLVIII.
This morning my advance on the Hanover Court-House [road],
met Young's brigade, or a part of it, and after a smart skirmish
drove it across Mechump's Creek. I have now one brigade holding
the forks of the road near Winston's house, and occupying the Rich-
mond road to Kinney's in force, covering its junction with the Me-
chanicsville road, with orders to patrol through to the right of the
army. The other brigade is at the crossing of Crump's Creek ; but,
if you think necessary, it might be moved to the vicinity of Aenon
Church, or the grave yard. Be good enough to inform me of your
wishes by return courier. I think my present position more defensi-
ble and affording better means of communicating with the right of
the army than the one behind the creek. I am making reconnais-
sances, however, to satisfy myself on that point.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
J. H. WILSON,
Maj. Gen. A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac.
HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION,
Price's House, Va., May 31, 1864-10.30 p. m.
COLONEL : After a very brisk little fight I drove the enemy's cav-
alry through Hanover Court-House, which we now occupy, and as I
have received direct instructions from army headquarters to the
purport that previously given orders to destroy the railroads and
bridges were not revoked, I shall leave but two regiments here at
Price's house to do the patrolling and picketing from the river to
the infantry line, and with the remaining part of my division shall
leave at the earliest possible hour to-morrow morning in the direc-
tion of the South Anna and the two railroads, endeavoring to carry
out the requirements of General Meade's order.
J. H. WILSON,
Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS THIRD CAVALRY DIVISION,
Hanover Court-House, Va., May 31, 1864-11 p. m.
GENERAL : I regretpxceedingly not having received your communi-?ª
cations of this evening at an earlier hour. I also regret not having
received the original order directing me to destroy the railroads. I
have fully. .explained all I know concerning the order revoking it to
the staff officer sent me this evening. He arrived at nearly 7 p. m.,
followed shortly after by Captain Ulffers, and though the enemy had
begun a demonstation against me, I moved forward at once on the
road to Hanover Court-House, and after a very sharp fight drove
the enemy from a very strong position on the north side of
Mechump's Creek, and through Hanover Court-House, taking some
prisoners and killing quite a number. The rebels were commanded
in person by General Young, and were probably his brigade, and
two pieces of artillery. It was after 9 o'clock when the action ceased.