War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0383 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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line appears to have a re-entrant angle in Barlow's front, and have pushed my line as far up into the angle as I could, and it has given me a longer development than I desire. It is one-third longer than it was this morning. Active skirmishing has been going on all day.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

May 31, 1864 - 9.40 p. m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: Seventeen wagons belonging to this corps while on their way to Port Royal, under escort, a few days since, when within 5 miles of that place, were captured by the enemy, the wagons burned, mules carried away, and the men made prisoners. The circumstances are not yet known, but an investigation will be ordered to ascertain the parties at fault.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 31, 1864 - 10 p. m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

General Wright is ordered to move his corps to Cold Harbor. You will make your disposition to protect your right flank on the withdrawal of Wright's troops.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

May 31, 1864 - 10.30 p. m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

I am ordered to move at once to Cold Harbor, and shall withdraw Ricketts' division on your left first, and Neill's, which covers my right, last, and my skirmishers will be withdrawn an hour after Neill moves. Neill is instructed to notify you when his division starts.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

SECOND CORPS,

May 31, 1864 - 11 p. m.

General HUMPHREYS:

The withdrawal of Wright makes it necessary for me to resume my line of yesterday and this morning, and I have so notified General Burnside. I shall have my picket-line advanced.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.