War of the Rebellion: Serial 043 Page 0697 Chapter XXXIX. THE GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN.

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The above has mortified me and will disgrace me. Please inform me frankly if you disapprove of my conduct to-day, that I may know what to do.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General, Commanding.

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac.

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH CORPS,

July 1, 1863-10 p. m.

The loss in my corps is about 3, 000 killed, wounded, and missing. In the two corps we have lost one piece of artillery. This position is plenty good for a general battle unless you fear its being turned at a considerable distance from Gettysburg.

Respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General, Commanding.

Major-General BUTTERFIELD.

Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ELEVENTH CORPS,

July 3, 1863-2. 15 p. m.

SIR: The fire has been concentrated upon this point about an hour, with no great effect. The batteries on our right do not reach us, and in the center invariably overshoot us.

Respectfully,

O. O. HOWARD,

Major-General, Commanding.

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac.

HDQRS. ELEVENTH CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Gettysburg, Pa.,

July 4, 1863.

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that my command is supplied with two days' rations from tomorrow morning, and that two days' more are now on the road for this place. This corps is entirely out of forage, but two days' [supply] will reach here tonight or early tomorrow. Inclosed please find a sketch, showing the position of the corps; the First Division on the right, the Third Division in the center, and the Second Division on the left; my right extending 300 yards east of the Two Taverns road, connecting with the First Division of the First Corps, and my left connecting with the First Corps. One brigade of the Second Division is occupying the town, the skirmishers connecting on the right and left with the First and Third Divisions, respectively.