War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0212 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 26, 1864-7.50 a.m.

General WILLIAMS:

I found accidentally this morning that my canvas bridge t rain was being taken up by order of Major Duane. I telegraphed to the major last night that I would spare these bridges as fast as the pontoons came to replace them. I do not think it prudent to take these bridges up until the others are on the ground, and have therefore ordered them to remain.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 26, 1864-8 a.m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

Your dispatch of 7.50 a.m. received. The commanding general directs that one of your bridges be immediately taken up. It is expected that it will soon be replaced by another pontoon bridge, but meanwhile the general desires you to proceed to make a wooden bridge.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 26, 1864-8.40 a.m.

Brigadier-General WILLIAMS:

GENERAL: Your dispatch is received. I will have the bridge taken up. I did not wish my bridges removed without my knowledge.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 26, 1864-8.45 a.m. (Received 8.50 a.m.)

Major-General HANCOCK:

Can you withdraw your command with security by daylight?

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 26, 1864-9.15 a.m.

General MEADE:

GENERAL: My command has been pushed so close to the enemy that I doubt whether it can safely be withdrawn by day. My artillery is on the front line, and the rain has made the lowlands next the river very heavy. The main bridge on Telegraph road is in an exposed position. The approaches to the other bridges I am about having worked. I could withdraw a portion of the infantry in case of ne-