War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0457 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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now occupy them. We have taken about 500 prisoners, besides a number of others, which were sent by mistake to General W. F. Smith's headquarters. The prisoners belong to Beauregard's command, and McLaws' division, of Longsteet's corps. My men behaved nobly, and though they have lost heavily are in the best of spirits.

JAMES B. RICKETTS,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[JUNE 1, 1864- For Meade to Wright, complimenting General ricketts and his command, see Part I, p. 726.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 1, 1864-9.15 p. m.

Major-General WRIGHT:

What is the artillery firing we hear? Have you any communication with Smith, and can you send him orders?

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH CORPS,

June 1, 1864-9.30 p. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

The artillery you hear is part ours, part the enemy's, who is not willing to give up what we have gained, and has attacked several times since dark. Prisoners say that all Longsteet's corps in here, and that the rest of the army is moving down against us in very large force. My position is not secure. General Smith is on the Bethesda Church road, connecting with my right, and I am expecting him here every moment.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

[Indorsement.]

General Hancock had better be advised to get one division of his corps through to Wright before daylight, and the whole corps as soon as possible.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 1, 1864-10.10 p. m.

Major-General WRIGHT:

Where had I better direct Hancock to go? I should think on your left, or would it not be better he should support you in another attack? I don not like extending too much. It is the trouble we have had all along of occupying too long lines and not massing