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Major General Phillip H. Sheridan commanded the Union army's cavalry. Sheridan had
held Todd's Tavern during the Battle of the Wilderness, but had withdrawn his
horsemen toward Chancellorsville on the night of May 6th, allowing Major General
Fitzhugh Lee's Confederates to reoccupy the intersection. Lee's men occupied and
strengthened trenches abandoned by Sheridan near the tavern.
Grant's plans to march the army to Spotsylvania required Sheridan to retake Todd's Tavern from Fitz Lee. Sheridan assigned Major Generals Wesley Merritt's and David M. Gregg's divisions to the task. Merritt would advance south from Catharine Furnace to clear the Brock Road.
Part of the Catharine Furnace - 2005   (H)
Road from Catharine Furnace - 2005   (I)
Location of Corbin's Bridge.   (C)
Over the Po River.
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