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enemy leave you undisturbed, I would let the men rest till 6 p.m., at which time a vigorous attack made by you, in conjunction with Burnside, will, I think, overthrow the enemy. I wish this done.

Yours,

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

I send you a dispatch just received from Burnside. Help him if you can.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS.

May 6, 1864-3 p.m.

Major-General MEADE,

Headquarters Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: The present partially disorganized condition of this command renders it extremely difficult to obtain a sufficiently reliable body to make a really powerful attack. I will, however, do my best and make an attack at that hour in conjunction with General Burnside. What development of the attack do you desire? Will you indicate a front?

Your obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

May 6, 1864-4 p.m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL: I find the enemy or accident has set fire to the woods on my left front. I will examine how far it extends. I will assist Burnside, in case he attacks, in some shape, at 6 o'clock, anywhere. Where the woods are burning the troops could not go in. I have no connection with General Burnside as yet.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK.

Major-General.

MAY 6, 1864-5.15 p.m.

Major-General MEADE,

Headquarters Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I cannot get to General Hancock and am on the cross-road. General Stevenson says he has had no orders to move down to General Hancock. He is on the plank road close to the head of the cross-road. I hear musketry as if Burnside were attacking, but not heavy.

T. LYMAN,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Volunteer Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 6, 1864-5.25 p.m.

Major-General MEADE:

At 4.15 p.m. the enemy made a very determined assault upon my lines covering a great part of the front. The attack was strongest