War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0444 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HDQRS. SECOND CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 6, 1864-10.30 a.m.

General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

General Birney has made connection with the Fifth Corps.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 6, 1864-11 a.m.

Major-General HANCOCK.

Commanding Second Corps:

Some time last night an officer of General Hays' staff called at these headquarters for authority to take the remains of that general to Washington. Not anticipating that we have any communication with that city he was so informed. The commanding general directs that this officer be advised that the body can now be taken to the rear in the train that is about going after ammunition. Please give the officer the requisite authority and direct him to take the body to Chancellorsville, from which point the train will start.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

MAY 6, 1864-11. 30 a.m.

Major-General MEADE,

Headquarters Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: The rebels have broken through Barlow's right, and are now pushing us back along the plank road. General Gibbon has been sent for to close the gap. Sharp firing along the plank road.

T. LYMAN,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Aide-de-Camp.

MAY 6, 1864-2 p.m.

Major-General MEADE:

Headquarters Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: Burnside is making a heavy attack facing the Orange plank road. General Hancock has a continuous line, but not organized enough to advance. Robinson's brigade nearly up. General Hancock has troops enough to hold, if he can hold at all. All the enemy seem to have gone to fight Burnside. There is no enemy in Hancock's front south of the Orange plank road.

T. LYMAN

Lieutenant-Colonel, Volunteer Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 6, 1864-2.15 p.m. (Received 3 p.m.)

General HANCOCK:

I have been expecting to hear from Lyman as to the morale of your command. Should Burnside not require any assistance and the