near the river; your movements should be in co-operation with his. If upon arrival at Cold Harbor it should, on consultation with Major-General Wright, be deemed more expedient for you to support that officer's attack in lieu of attacking yourself, these instructions are modified so as to authorize this project, but your force should be brought to bear against the enemy as promptly and vigorously as possible. You will keep these headquarters constantly advised of your operations though the telegraph office at General Wright's headquarters.
GEO. G. MEADE,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,
June 1, 1864.
Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: I have the honor to forward the following return of troops serving in this command at date:
Present for duty.
Command. Officers. Men. Aggregate.
Corps 25 176 201
Engineer 11 342 353
Artillery 79 2,885 2,964
First 409 7,785 8,194
Second 406 7,674 8,080
Third 411 8,124 8,535
Total. 1,341 26,986 28,327
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
WINF'D S. HANCOCK,
Major-General of Volunteers, Commanding.
CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,
June 1, 1864-12.30 a. m.
General Birney, with his division, will return across the creek so as to cover the right flank, taking up the line he held before the advance of yesterday. General Barlow's division will connect with General Birney's in the pits near the Shelton house, and with General Gibbon's division on the left in its advanced position. General Gibbon's division will remain across the creek.
By command of Major-General Hancock:
FRANCIS A. WALKER,
CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,
June 1, 1864-6.40 p. m.
The following movements are ordered for to-night: The Second Division will withdraw from its position at dark and take the road to Haw's Shop by way of Jones' house and Ninth Corps headquarters. The First Division will withdrawn at once by way of the cross-