War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0018 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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carried out, unless the day develops something requiring new arrangements. There is nothing further respecting the fight of yesterday. As yet all is quiet.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 20, 1864.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

A part of General Hancock's [command] only is on the right, the remainder remain where they were yesterday.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 20, 1864-6.30 a. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

The enemy is reported to have retired from the right across the Ny.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

May 20, 1864-8.20 a. m. (Received 8.25 a. m.)

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Push out a heavy line of skirmishers in connection with General Wright, to feel for the enemy, and to keep him employed. It is not designed to attack him behind his entrenchments, but to find out all that can be learned of his position and nature of his works and the intervening ground.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

May 20, 1864.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

GENERAL: The reconnaissances have already been pushed down the roads from my position this morning for 1 1\2 miles, discovering no signs of the enemy. The skirmish line will be pushed forward as your order. It is now forming in conjunction with General Wrigth's.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.