War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0844 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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with the Second Connecticut, Colonel Kellogg, to supply the needed additional force. Please address me "through headquarters Tenth Army Corps, Bermuda Hundred, Va., via Fort Monroe." General Butler while waiting for you.

Yours, very respectfully,

HENRY L. ABBOT,

Colonel First Connecticut Artillery.

I mailed to you the book and tables your requested before starting.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 17, 1864-8 a. m. (Received 9 a. m.)

Major-General HANCOCK:

GENERAL: You will make your arrangements to move with your corps to-night and taken position on the left of General Wright and the Sixth Corps, in order to assault the enemy's works at early dawn. Send your staff officers to learn the roads, character of ground, &c., as far as can be learned from General Wright, with whom you had better confer. A division, under command of General R. O. Tyler, expected to-day, will be added to your corps. Birney and Gibbon will not be moved till night.

Respectfully, yours,

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 17, 1864-7 p. m. (Received 7.15 p. m.)

Major-General HANCOCK:

You will, as soon after dark as possible, move your corps back to its former position in the vicinity of the Landrum house, nd make your arrangements for a vigorous assault of the enemy's works at 4 a. m. to-morrow morning. Major-General Wright, with the Sixth Corps, will follow you and take position on your right, joining in the assault at the time above named.

Respectfully, yours,

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

May 17, 1864-11.30 p. m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

GENERAL: A portion of Rodes' division, said to be two brigades, made an attack upon Birney's pickets this evening from the direction of the brown house. Their skirmish line is now in the woods this side of the Brown house, on the other side of the Ny. I have ordered