War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0703 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 13, 1864-6.20 a.m.

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

Our sharpshooters have advanced a mile without seeing the enemy. Stragglers report him as having fallen back to a new position 2 miles distant.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 13, 1864-6.30 a.m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

What news from the front? Keep me advised and ask Wright to do the same.

MEADE.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 13, 1864-7 a.m.

General WILLIAMS:

GENERAL: I wish you would authorize at once the consolidation of the Third and Fourth Divisions of my corps, otherwise the Fourth Division will soon be of no service under its present commanders, who seem not to control their men.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding Corps.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 13, 1864-7.20 a.m.

major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

The major-General commanding authorizes the consolidation of the Third and Fourth Divisions of your corps, as requested.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 13, 1864-7.20 a.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS;

GENERAL: Near the left of our line General Barlow's skirmishers on arriving met a line of the enemy's skirmishers near General Burnside's line (supposed). General Birney's skirmishers on the right and front have met nothing yet.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.