War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0251 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HDQRS. SECOND CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 26, 1864.

Major-General HANCOCK:

GENERAL: Two contrabands who have just come in report that Lee's whole army left Hanover Junction this morning about 8 a. m., taking road to Richmond.

S. O. BULL,

Major and Provost-Marshall.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 27, 1864-9 p. m. (Received 11 p. m.)

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you follow the Sixth corps to the bridge at Mrs. Hundley's, cross and form on General Wright's left. General W. is directed to move at daylight and take position, holding the crossing of Crump's Creek on his right, with his left extended toward the Totopotomoy. General Warren crosses at Hanovertown and takes position beyond (probably beyond Mrs. Via's), with his left on the Totopotomoy and his right extended toward Crump's Creek, General Burnside to form on his right. Our cavalry are now along Crump's Creek. Breckinridge with his infantry and two divisions of cavalry is represented to be at Hanover Court-House.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 27, 1864-9.15 p. m. (Received 11 p. m.)

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

The major-general commanding directs me to say that he approves your proposal to break up the division under General Tyler and apportion the regiments to organizations already existing, and authorizes the same.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

It was suggested whether you could not form a fourth division, having in all four some of the newly arrived troops.

A. A. H.,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

MAY 27, 1864-11.45 p. m.

COMMANDING OFFICER SECOND CORPS:

You must be about 2 miles in rear of Wright, who is at McDowell's. It is not necessary to go farther to-night, and the hour of