War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0441 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 1, 1864-9 p. m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

Your best route is by Haw's Shop, Via's (headquarters), and Gibson's, to Cold Harbor. Captain Paine will meet your column about Haw's Shop and guide you. You must make every exertion to move promptly and reach Cold Harbor as soon as possible. At that point you will take position to re-enforce Wright on his left, which it is desired to extend to the Chickahominy. Every confidence is felt that your gallant corps of veterans will move with vigor and endure the necessary fatigue. You will pass by my headquarters and I should like to see you as you pass.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

June 1, 1864-9.15 p. m.

General MEADE:

Your second dispatch received. All right.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

General Hancock has just left his headquarters for the front.

OPERATOR.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

June 1, 1864-10.50 p. m.

Brigadier-General WILLIAMS:

Two divisions of my corps have about passed, and I shall now leave for the headquarters of the army.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

SECOND CORPS,

June 1, 1864-11 p. m.

Major-General MEADE:

I have just left. General Birney's division is just commencing to move. Everything quiet at this moment.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 1, 1864-11 p. m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

On reaching Cold Harbor you will take position on the left of the Sixth Corps and at one attack the enemy, endeavoring to turn his right flank and interpose between him and the Chickahominy. If practicable you will detach a force to the Chickahominy and endeavor the secure possession of a crossing-place. General Sheridan was directed to attack in this direction, and will probably be found