War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0187 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, May 25, 1864-9.30 p.m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS:

GENERAL: I do not know the facts, but it has been reported to me that General Burnside is not intrenched on his left in front of Ox Ford, connecting with my right. I think he should be intrenched there. He has a rifle-pit down by the edge of the river, but if the enemy are determined to come in there, it can easily be carried.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 25, 1864-11 p.m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

I have directed Burnside to intrench Willcox.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 25, 1864-11.10 p.m [Received 11.40 p.m.]

Major-General HANCOCK:

Can't you dispense with the cavalry on your left? It is important, as they are recruits and returned veterans, that they should join their regiments. Answer.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, May 25, 1864-11.50 p.m.

Brigadier-General WILLIAMS:

GENERAL: I have been waiting for report from General Gibbon respecting the cavalry. If it can properly be relieved I will order it to report to its regiment.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

CIRCULAR. HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, Near Taylor's Bridge,

May 25, 1864.

Whenever regiments of heavy artillery shall be assigned for temporary purposes to the infantry divisions of the corps, division commanders will have them instructed, as far as may be considered safe in the circumstances, in picket duty, mixing them in with the old men.

By command of Major-General Hancock:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, May 25, 1864-6.30 a.m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

GENERAL: The enemy is reported as moving from my extreme left toward my right, but whether as far as Barlow's front or not, I