War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0087 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, May 22, 1864-12.50 p. m.

Major-General BIRNEY,

Commanding Third Division, Second Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding the corps directs me to say that you will please keep you cavalry well out on the roads in you front and left, and instruct them to be very careful not to fire upon our own troops.

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

W. G. MITCHELL,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, May 22, 1864-7 p. m.

Major-General BIRNEY,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding has directed me to inform you that he has received information of the arrival of Major-General Warren with his command at Harris' Store.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. R. DRIVER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, May 22, 1864-9.30 p. m.

Major-General BIRNEY,

Commanding Third Division:

SIR: The major-general commanding directs me to say that he will send a company or squadron of cavalry to strengthen your force picketing the road from Athens to the front and around toward Warren's left, to cover the movement of trains passing by way of Campbell's Tavern and Wright's Store to Warren's headquarters. Major Houghton, of my staff, will conduct the cavalry to you, in an hour or less.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

MAY 22, 1864-3 a. m. (Received 4 a. m.)

General HUMPHREYS:

I had just completed my reconnaissance for a defensive line when you counter dispatch came. The position here is so strong that no enemy knowing it would attack. I have a force well out toward the Mud Tavern from which I have yet no report, and as a defensive measure have ordered a bridge to advance at daylight in that direction. This will go on and give us definite information. I had already order Colonel Kitching to withdraw, but have sent word for him to halt wherever the messenger finds him and ordered a fresh