t where it forks on the plank road, and then, turning to the right on that route, will go, if possible, to take position at Parker's Store.
Gregg's cavalry division will cover the left of the army, and thus form the extremity of the marching wing.
Passing Ely's Ford, it will take the route designated on the map as the Brock road, the same which Jackson had followed during the battle of Chancellorsville, and will halt at Corbin's Bridge, a bridge thrown across the river Po not far from Todd's Tavern, a place whose name is already known to our readers.
The two other cavalry divisions remain behind.
Custer will observe the fords of the Rapidan on the right, and Merritt will guard the trains parked at Richardsville near the confluence of the Rapidan with the Rappahannock.
Meade, rightly thinking that he will at first encounter his adversaries on his right, and wishing to separate them in their first resistance and not allow them time to concentrate, orders the Sixth corps to follow
ay afternoon at 4 o'clock. It was sent from the battle-field at 9 o'clock in the morning:
May 8th, 1864.
Hm. Secretary of War:
The enemy has abandoned his position and is moving towards Fredericksburg.--This army is in motion on his right flank, and our advance is now at Spotsylvania Court House. R. E. Lee.
Cavalry engagement near Spotsylvania C. H.
Quite a spirited fight took place on Saturday last four miles above Spotsylvania C. H., on the road leading to Todd's Tavern, in which Wickham's cavalry brigade was principally engaged.
Both sides engaged were dismounted cavalry.
The enemy fought very obstinately for several hours.
Wickham's men finally forced back his left about one mile and held their position.
When the enemy fell back a large number of their dead were left on the field.
Our loss in the fight was about 150 killed and wounded. Fifty-one prisoners were captured during the engagement, among whom were two Captains and two Lieutenants, who w