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orders of the commanding general without going through that column. My information as to the position of the troops is necessarily obtained from officers in charge of the movement, and I deem it quite as reliable as that received by the commanding general from like sources until the certainty is established. I am not in the habit of making reports inconsistent with the facts of the case, and cannot permit any person to make such insinuations.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

May 27, 1864.

General S. WILLIAMS:

Potter and Crittenden are across and their pickets are being withdrawn. Willcox still in position. Do you know anything of the progress of Warren or Wright?

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 27, 1864-4.30 p. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE,

Commanding Ninth Crops:

The headquarters are at Mangohick Church. The route of the Fifth Corps and the Ninth Corps will probably be modified so that to-morrow they will move to Hanovertown instead of New Castle. General Wright is moving to a point 3 or 4 miles above Hanovertown by a route that turns off from the ridge road. These headquarters are about 2 miles back from here. The commanding general directs that you encamp for the night in rear of the Fifth Corps and follow it to-morrow. It is directed to move as soon after daylight as practicable.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 27, 1864-8.30 p. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you follow the Fifth Corps to hanovertown to-morrow morning, and after crossing the river take position on the right of the Fifth Corps. The left of the Fifth Corps will rest on Totopotomoy Creek, the right extending toward Crump's Creek. Hancock will be in position on your right and Wright on the right, holding the roads crossing Crump's Creek.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

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