Programme of the route and work.
The following is an exact copy of a paper written in lead pencil, which appears to have been a private memorandum of the programme, which Dahlgren
had made to enable him to keep his work clearly in mind.
Saturday—Leave camp at dark (6 P. M.); cross Ely's Ford at 10 P. M.
Twenty miles—Cross North Anna
at 4 A. M. Sunday; feed and water one hour.
Three miles—Frederick's Hall Station, 6 A. M.; destroy arty.
8 A. M.
Twenty miles—Near James river
, 2 P. M. Sunday; feed and water one and a half hours.
Thirty miles to Richmond
—March towards Kilpatrick
for one hour and then as soon as dark cross the river, reaching Richmond
early in the morning.
One squadron remains on north side, and one squadron to cut the railroad bridge at Falling Creek
, and join at Richmond
—cross at 1 A. M. Sunday—ten miles.
Pass river 5 A. M. (resistance.)
—fourteen miles 8 A. M.
Resistance at North Anna
Railroad bridges at South Anna
—twenty-six miles—2 P. M. Destroy bridges—Pass the South Anna
and feed until after dark—then signal each other—After dark move down to Richmond
, and be in front of the city at daybreak.
during the day—feed and water men outside.
Be over the Pamunkey
at daybreak—feed and water, and then cross the Rappahannock
at night, (Tuesday night), when they must be on the lookout.
Spies should be sent on Friday morning early, and be ready to cut.