War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0656 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 12, 1864 - 3 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I have ordered the Fifth Corps to move down to Wright's support. He will at once organize a heavy column of assault from both corps, which i trust will break through the enemy's line. Hancock will press forward at the same time, and I trust Burnside will do the same. Everything is working well on the field by my reports.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

May 12, 1864 - 3.45 a. m.

General [HUMPHREYS]:

My troops are nearly formed. As it is misty I think I shall wait until it is a little more clear, by which time my troops will be formed. I have no artillery here. It has gone the other road, but I suppose my chief of artillery has placed it. I wish to have some here.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 12, 1864 - 5 a. m.

General MEADE:

Our men have the works, with some hundred prisoners; impossible to say how many; whole line moving up. This part of the line was held by Ewell.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

P. S.- General Hancock's troops are in second line works.

OPERATOR.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

May 12, 1864 - 5.55 a. m.

[General MEADE:]

It is necessary that General Wright should attack at once. All of my troops are engaged.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 12, 1864 - 6 a. m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

Your good news is most welcome. Burnside attacked at the appointed hour. Wright is ordered in at once on your right. Hold all you get and press on.

MEADE.