HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,
May 27, 1864-10.30 a.m.
Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: General Burnside has just informed me that he is ready, and we are just now about starting.
WINF'D S. HANCOCK,
Major-General of Volunteers, Commanding.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
May 27, 1864-4.15 p.m. (Received 7 p.m.)
Commanding Second Corps:
The commanding general directs me to inform you that Wright's route is modified, he proceeding to a point opposite Mrs. Hundley's, a few miles above Hanovertown, where he will throw a bridge. The road turns off a mile or two back of these headquarters. You will follow Wright and encamp in rear of him, unless otherwise directed.
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
HDQRS. SECOND CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
May 27, 1864-4.20 p.m.
Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: The head of my column is at Concord Church, about one-half mile from Needham's. It is 16 miles from here to Hanovertown. I will march my troops as far as I can to-night, but, unless the case is one of great necessity, I can hardly reach Hanovertown. Ten miles from here is a stream; the first water I can hear of for my command. Please indicate to me your wishes. I am marching two columns.
Your obedient servant,
WINF'D S. HANCOCK,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,
May 27, 1864-6 p.m.
Chief of Staff:
GENERAL: My line now extends across and beyond the road leading from the blacksmith shop to General Warren's position. Major Roebling informed Colonel Morgan about 5 that General Warren would move at once to connect with my left on this road. I suppose you know how this is. It is in my opinion questionable whether there is any occasion for my brigade at the shop, as my line crosses the road about 500 yards behind it, and it would be better, it seems to me, since we are intrenched in a strong position, to fight on my