War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0218 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION,

May 26, 1864-12.45 a.m.

[Lieutenant-Colonel WALKER?:]

COLONEL: I reported in regard to the cavalry that they had made no discoveries. They can be dispensed with, and I have directed the commander to report to headquarters with his command at once.

Respectfully,

JOHN GIBBON,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

May 26, 1864-4.15 p.m.

General BIRNEY:

The general wishes to know the cause of that firing.

TAYLOR,

Captain and Signal Officer.

GENERAL BIRNEY'S HEADQUARTERS,

May 26, 1864-4.15 p.m.

General HANCOCK:

The cause of the firing is our pickets advancing on General Potter's line.

BIRNEY,

General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 26, 1864-5 p.m.

Major-General BIRNEY,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to say that if your bridge requires any rifle-pits to protect a recrossing, he desires that you will look into the matter. He also desires that you will take such action as will prepare boughs, as you suggested, for the upper bridge, to be put on after dark, in order to facilitate the quiet movement of General Potter's infantry, should he cross at that bridge. That bridge be destroyed behind us. The pickets will be relieved by the corps officers of the day in time to get them across the river by daylight. Orders will issue before night concerning the movement.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

P. S.-The destruction of the upper bridge should be the last thing-if possible delayed till near daylight.