War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0156 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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to move at 4 a.m. to-morrow and envelop the enemy's line, Crittenden's division forming his left flank. A bridge will be thrown at his left flank.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, May 24, 1864-12.05 p.m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

GENERAL: All my infantry is across and in position with a strong skirmish line out. Some few shots are being fired. The artillery will cross as soon as the pontoon bridge is completed. I have withdrawn the pickets I had out on my left, on this side the river.

Respectfully,

JOHN GIBBON,

Brigadier-General of Vols., Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, May 24, 1864-9.35 a.m.

Major-General BIRNEY,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you press your troops forward to occupy the front line of earth-works and get ready to push on at once.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, May 24, 1864-10.30 a.m.

General BIRNEY,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: I wish you to send a brigade up toward the right to clear out, and if possible take those two guns that are annoying you, and to clear General Burnside's front, who seems to be unable to cross. I have notified General Burnside to that effect. If you are unable to furnish the troops send word to General Barlow, whom I have directed, if necessary, to send a brigade for that purpose. Let it be done as expeditiously as possible in order that we may be able to mass all our troops on the river without delay.

Very respectfully,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

CHANDLER'S HOUSE SIGNAL STATION, May 24, 1864-10.30 a.m.

General MOTT:

Pierce with his brigade is ordered to report to you immediately. Gibbon has crossed and is coming up on your left. The division will cross immediately.

BIRNEY,

General.