War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0150 Chapter XLVIII. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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in this vicinity, and the banks are steep and miry. I have built a rough bridge by felling trees, and we command the other bank, so that we can throw a bridge at any practicable point in my front.

Respectfully,

JOHN GIBBON,

Brigade-General.

All the firing you hear down this way is from General Birney's men, through I do not know what it is at, and hear no reply.

J. G.

[Indorsement.]

My firing is at the enemy, and is replied to. I am advancing on the redoubt in my front.

D. B. B.

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

May 24, 1864-9 a. m.

General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: General Gibbon's skirmishers are in the enemy's works on the left of the railroad, without much opposition. I shell at once press troops forward to occupy the works, if possible, so as to be ready to move on.

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

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding Second Corps.

Please give my any others you may have.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 24, 1864-9.15 a. m. (Received 9.45 a. m.)

General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: Our troops have got possession of the 3 enemy's first earth-work about the crest, and General Mott's bridge is now moving into it to hold it. The enemy have four guns at word. I don't know whether it is horse artillery or not. They fire on my line from the front of General Burnside, but I have requested him, if possible, to prevent it.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

May 24, 1864-10.40 a. m.

General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I have just notified General Burnside that I would send a bridge up the river to take two guns that are annoying me,