Suffolk, and in the vicinity of those places, exercising within his command the functions of the commander of a division or a separate corps.
By command of Major-General McClellan:
By command of Major-General Dix:
D. T. VAN BUREN,
JUNE 4, 1862-2.30 a.m.
Commanding Birney's Brigade:
In compliance with within notice be ready to attack the enemy cautiously in flank toward Fair Oaks Station. Keep your own flank secure by a regiment thrown back at right angle to your advance.
In compliance with within be ready to move up the railroad, to cross and attack the enemy in flank if he does not attack you in front. Combine with Hobart Ward. Only commit two regiments.
HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, June 3, 1862-11.50 p.m.
GENERAL: From information I have received I have reason to expect a formidable attack to-morrow morning. Please advance with your division at 2 a.m. in order to attack the flank of the enemy if he assails me in large force. Everything may depend upon this movement of yours. Come directly up the railroad, so as to arrive at Fair Oaks Station by daylight.
By order of Brigadier General E. V. Sumner:
J. H. TAYLOR,
Chief of Staff and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS ENGINEER BRIGADE,
Camp near New Bridge, Va., June 4, 1862.
Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:
Your last note of this date I received to-night, on the Chickahominy, 2 miles below New Bridge.
The commanding general, through Colonel Colburn, had directed me to make a foot bridge over the Chickahominy to-night. I concluded that I would try to make foot bridges one about one-fourth mile