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forward to the attack, which General Burnside apparently did not do. If General Wright is moved to the left, I think General Burnside had better fill the gap; if not, I will do it.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General of Volunteers, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

May 30, 1864 - 9.20 p. m.

General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

You can move General Wright over to the left without any fear. We can hold the right with the force I have. I shall make arrangements to have a swift and strong line.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 30, 1864 - 9.30 p. m.

General S. WILLIAMS:

GENERAL: My signal officers deserve especial commendation to-day. Lieutenant William Niel [Lieutenant William H. R. Neel, Ninety-fifth Pennsylvania Infantry] and Lieutenant Holland remained at the station on top of Colonel Shelton's house during the whole day. The house was struck by 51 artillery shots, and both the officers were struck and bruised by shell. A large family of ladies were in the cellar of the house during the shelling, but I had last night advise them to leave, and did so repeatedly to-day, offering them facilities for so doing, which they refused, trusting in God, as they were members of the church. I have sent my report of operations this evening by an orderly. Presume it has reached you by this.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 30, 1864.

General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

GENERAL: In the attack to-night Colonel Brooke drove the enemy out of a very strong entrenched skirmish line not parallel to the creek - their left being inclined back. No lights are visible and no sounds indicated their presence.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HDQRS. ARTILLERY BRIGADE, SECOND CORPS,

May 30, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel F. A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that this afternoon about sundown i received an order to open fire with the artillery in my