War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0379 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 31, 1864 - 10.15 a. m.

General HUMPHREYS:

General Birney now holds the position occupied by the enemy's artillery and skirmishers yesterday, and is now advancing two brigades to same position.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 31, 1864 - 10.20 a. m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

General Barlow reports he has driven the enemy from his front, occupying their rifle-pits, and compelling him to withdraw all their guns but one, which he is now advancing on. Should this be the case, you will advance your line so as to press closely the enemy, and ascertain the new position to which he has retired. You will notify Generals Burnside and Wright of any advance you may make, so that they can advance in conjunction, and should you require additional forces in your operations General Wright has surplus troops, which he will be directed to furnish on requisition.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

General HUMPHREYS:

Notify Generals Burnside and Wright of the above dispatch to Hancock, and send them instructions in conformity therewith.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 31, 1864.

General HUMPHREYS:

I have not received the dispatch from General Barlow you allude to, though I have sent you all the information I have been able to get. I do not know how the report has reached you. I am following your instructions, however, and have notified General Burnside of my action.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

Answered how information reached headquarters.*

A. A. HUMPHREYS.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

May 31, 1864 - 10.30 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

General Birney reports that he has about 40 prisoners of Breckinridge's command, and that the enemy are now formed in his front

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* See Humphreys to Hancock, 10.50 a. m., p. 380.

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