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1 ‘He [General Meade] is very anxious to have you cover as much of the front line as possible, and his idea was that you would put both Griffin and Crawford in front, keeping a portion of each as a reserve, and keeping Ayres to cover your left flank.’—Webb to Warren, March 30, 9.30 A. M.
2 ‘I have just received a report from General Ayres that the enemy have their pickets still this side of the White Oak road, so that their communication is continuous along it. I have sent out word to him to try and drive them off, or develop with what force the road is held by them.’—Warren to Webb, Meade's Chief of Staff, March 31, 9.40 A. M. ‘Your dispatch giving General Ayres's position is received. General Meade directs that, should you determine by your reconnaissance that you can get possession of the White Oak road, you are to do so, notwithstanding the orders to suspend operations.’—Webb to Warren, 10.30 A. M.‘On the morning of the 31st, General Warren reported favorably to getting possession of the White Oak road, and was directed to do so.’—Grant's Official Report.
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