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stated that General Barlow wished him to tell some general officer of the condition of things. Probably intended him to tell you. I sent him to General Meade.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

May 31, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

Your dispatches of 10 and 10.15 a. m. received. I send the following from General Barlow, as an explanation:

I have the honor to report that the enemy's works in my front, on the bank of the stream just to the left of the Richmond road, had in them this morning only a few skirmishers. General Birney's troops [advanced] and I also advanced my skirmish line, and we occupied part of their works. We did not cause the enemy to withdraw his guns or his line of battle; that was done by them voluntarily in the night. Farther to the left of the road they hold a line of works in force with artillery, and cannot be dislodged without a very strong attack.

Respectfully,

FRANCIS C. BARLOW,

Brigadier-General.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 31, 1864 - 11 a. m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

General Wright is ordered to support you with his whole corps if you attack and should require that degree of support.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH CORPS,

May 31, 1864 - 11.30 a. m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

I have instructed General Neill, in reserve on my right, to hold his division ready to support you on call. Ricketts and Russell are ordered to advance with your right, and in case the ground in their front is found impracticable, as represented, then to hold themselves in readiness to support you. I have just learned that part of Ricketts' force is in the enemy's first line with your troops.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

May 31, 1864.

Major-General HANCOCK:

My skirmish line has been advanced until it brought up against the enemy in his rifle-pits, and is now engaged with the enemy's