War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0709 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 13, 1864-6 a.m.

Division and independent commanders will prepare their commands for an immediate advance:

By command of Major-General Hancock:

WM. R. DRIVER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, Numbers -.

May 13, 1864.

For the present the Third and Fourth Divisions of this corps will be consolidated into one command under Major-General Birney.

By order of Major-General Hancock:

WM. R. DRIVE,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR. HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 13, 1864-10.05 a.m.

Division commanders will hold their commands in readiness to move to the support of the troops now feeling the enemy in case he should move from his works and attack.

By order of Major-General Hancock:

WM. R. DRIVE,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 13, 1864-12.25 p.m.

Division commanders will cause the dead lying around their commands to be buried, and arms and equipments collected in piles for removal by details for this purpose.

By order of Major-General Hancock:

WM. R. DRIVER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

CONFIDENTIAL

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

CIRCULAR.

May 13, 1864-11.30 p.m.

The troops will be under arms at 3.30 a.m. A column of assault will be prepared to advance if called upon to do so. It will consist of General Gibbon's division and two brigades of General Birney's of good troops, in support. The troops will be kept well in hand to repel any attack, and to advance should success render it desirable. Major-General Birney will push forward a cloud of sharpshooters in front of our whole line, pressing the enemy back. The picket will be strong, and kept well to the front. Arms collected will be destroyed. The chief of artillery will be prepared to o pen at a signal upon the enemy's works. Major-General Birney will place a