War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0247 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 27, 1864-1 a.m.

General WILLIAMS:

My command is mostly over. I will relieve my pickets about 2 o'clock.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 27, 1864-2 a.m.

General WILLIAMS:

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

I have ordered that the withdrawal of the pickets commence at once. My last reports were: Gibbon entirely across; Barlow's last brigade crossing; Birney's (Third) brigade crossing; Potter across; Tyler already on this side, except two regiments with other divisions.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 27, 1864.

General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Are there any orders for me, or at what time may I expect them? Will they arrive before the telegraph is taken down? The command is all over but the picket.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 27, 1864.-3 a.m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

You will receive orders as soon as General Wright reports that the road is clear. Orders will be sent to you before the wire is taken down.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 27, 1864.

General S. WILLIAMS:

All my people across the river. The wooden bridge is burnt and the pontoon bridge is taken up.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.