War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0400 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

May 31, 1864. (Received 9.30 a. m.)

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

The following is General Ricketts' report:

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

May 31, 1864.

Colonel M. T. MCMAHON,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Agreeably to your directions, I have the honor to report as the result of the examination of my division front, that the enemy is strongly posted on a high ridge, very steep ascent, with a swamp intervening, and an abatis extending the whole length. It is impracticable to attack along my front with the division.

Very respectfully, & c.,

JAMES B. RICKETTS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 31, 1864 - 10 a. m.

Major-General WRIGHT,

Commanding Sixth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you continue your examination by your skirmishers as far as possible to the right, and endeavor to find some assailable point. Should you not find such, you will send staff officers to learn the nearest roads and routes for your infantry, artillery, and trains to move, after dark, to Warren's rear.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

MAY 31, 1864 - 10.20 a. m.

Major-General WRIGHT:

I send you copy* of instructions to General Hancock. The commanding general directs that you advance in conjunction with General Hancock, and send to him any of your surplus troops he may ask for that you can spare.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 31, 1864 - 11 a. m.

Major-General WRIGHT,

Commanding Sixth Corps:

The commanding general directs that you be prepared to support General Hancock with your whole corps should he attack.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

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* See Meade to Hancock, 10.20 a. m. 31st, p. 379.

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