War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0132 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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should, however, like to have advice on that subject. I have a detail of 1,000 men at work; I should like to have them returned at once. I shall move my command as soon as it gets ready. I understand about the wagons and artillery.

Your obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

Your order is confidential, but it cannot be executed properly unless I send staff officers to Point of Rocks to select such places for trains and artillery as may meet the order, which will give them an idea.

W. S. H.,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 12, 1864 - 12.45 p. m.

(Received 1 p. m.)

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

The major-general commanding advises that you adjourn the court. Duane will be ordered to send back the detail at once. The commanding general considers that it would be better, in view of what you write, not to move the artillery and trains until night, and that the idea should be given that the artillery and trains embark at Bermuda Hundred to expedite the embarkation for Washington.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

CONFIDENTIAL.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 12, 1864 - 6 p. m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

By direction of the major-general commanding I transmit you herewith a copy* of Lieutenant-General Grant's letter to him of the 25th of July, which will form your instructions under the orders sent you this morning. The objects of your present expedition are identically the same as the former under the same instructions. It is ascertained that the enemy have re-enforced Early recently with three infantry divisions, Kershaw's and Field's, of Longstreet's corps, and Wilcox's, of Hill's corps, and Lee's division of cavalry, leaving only five divisions here. The commanding general directs that besides the rations and ammunition directed to be carried on the person you have six days' rations in trains and the ammunition required by recent orders.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

August 12, 1864.

The infantry command will be in readiness to move as soon as practicable. As soon as divisions are in readiness to move the commanders will report the fact at these headquarters. The artillery and trains

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* See Vol. XL, Part III, p. 437.

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