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CIRCULAR. HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 25, 1864.

The designating flag for these headquarters will, until further orders, be a small national flag.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR. HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 25, 1864.

Headquarters will move at 2 p.m. to-day to the vicinity of Quarles' Mills.

By command of Major-General Meade:

CHAS. E. PEASE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, No. 144. May 25, 1864.

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4. Corps commanders will employ all available time when in the vicinity of the railroad in its destruction. Working parties will be detailed in each division for the purpose under competent officers to superintend and push the work.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

MAY 25, 1864-5 a.m.

[General W. S. HANCOCK:]

GENERAL: Colonel Brooke reports the enemy as stronger than last night. General Barlow has only one brigade in the breast-work and General Birney has two. If you want Birney's division in reserve, General Barlow can easily occupy the whole line, I think. I have sent Major Angel to the right to examine Potter's line. It may be necessary for us to extend farther in that direction to keep our connection with the river. If you wish General Birney in reserve, please have Colonel Walker write to General Barlow to relieve Birney's line. I am going over to General Gibbon's.

C. H. Morgan,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, May 25, 1864-6.45 a.m.

Lieutenant Colonel C. H. MORGAN,

Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: General Hancock directs me to say that he does not think it necessary that General Birney's division should be relieved by General Barlow, and that he will give no orders about it unless he