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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 31, 1864-9.45 a. m.

General BURNSIDE:

The commanding general desires to know what the firing is on your front.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

May 31, 1864-9.55 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

My command is advancing to the new line, and our skirmishers are advancing in accordance with orders of this morning from your headquarters. The opposition is trifling thus far. The cannonading is from Hancock's batteries, I think. Ours are quiet.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

MAY 31, 1864.

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following circular* was sent out this morning, a copy of which is sent for your information. There must be some mistake as to the number of Griffin's men relieved last night, but I will know definitely very soon. All quiet on my front.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 31, 1864-10.30 [a. m.]

Major-General BURNSIDE:

I send you a copy of instructions+ to General Hancock. The commanding general directs that you advance in conjunction with General Hancock.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

May 31, 1864.

General BURNSIDE:

I have occupied the enemy's first line of yesterday, and am ordered to press forward closely to ascertain their new position; and am informed that Generals Wright and Burnside will be directed to advance at the same time.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

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*See circular, p. 409.

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

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