War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0380 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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in line of battle about 800 yards distant, with artillery and infantry, and that he is making preparations to hold the line or to advance when order shall be received. We will hear more from Barlow presently.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

May 31, 1864.

General HUMPHREYS:

General Gibbon has now come close up to the enemy's line of works, which in his front are held by Wilcox's division, which relieved this morning Kershaw's brigade. General Barlow's people have also come up to Hill, on General Gibbon's right. Breckinridge seems to be in front of Birney. General Burnside connects with General Gibbon's left, but in rear, and General Gibbon says he has not heard a shot from him yet.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 31, 1864. (Received 10.30 a. m.)

General HUMPHREYS:

General Gibbon reports that he occupies the line across the Cold Harbor road which they held yesterday. The prisoners from Birney's front report that they understood the main line to be a mile back; that they heard chopping there during the night. A contraband, not yet received at these headquarters, says that Lee went to Richmond sick three days ago.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 31, 1864 - 10.45 a. m.

(Received 11.50 a. m.)

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

General Wright reports the enemy strongly entrenched in Ricketts' front on a high, steep ridge; timber slashed on the slope and abatis immediately in front of the entrenchments. In front of Wright's skirmish line a thickly wooded swamp 300 yards wide; swamp extends to foot of ridge. Their entrenchments extend in front of Russell, the continuation lost in the woods.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 31, 1864 - 10.50 a. m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

The information from Barlow came through an officer of the escort of these headquarters, who happened to be in the front, and who