War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0086 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, May 22, 1864-3.15 p. m.

General HANCOCK:

Colonel Smyth has returned. His troops are now coming back. He as had no cavalry whatever whit him, but General Birney's cavalry is on the Athens road, and my pickets are well out on the road, passing by Campbell's Tavern.

JOHN GIBBON,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, May 22, 1864-7 a. m. (Received 7.15 a. m.)

Major-General BIRNEY:

SIR: The major-general commanding directs me to say that the desires that you will ascertain what is immediately in your front. If necessary, you can send out a regiment or more with strong skirmish line on the roads leading out, or at different points in front where facilities exist for massing troops.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, May 22, 1864-9 a. m.

Major-General BIRNEY,

Commanding Third Division:

SIR: The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that General Torbert has been directed to send about 100 cavalry to make a reconnaissance along the road leading out of you front, in connection with any infantry you may desire to send.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, May 22, 1864-12 m.

[Colonel F. A. WALKER?]

COLONEL: My scouts and skirmishers on the left have advanced a mile without finding any enemy.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, May 22, 1864-12.30 p. m.

Major-General BIRNEY,

Commanding Third Division, Second Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding the corps directs me to say for your information that there will be a movement of troops this afternoon (not ours) in the direction of New Bethel Church and Harris' Store.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. G. MITCHELL,

Major and Aide-de-camp.