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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 1, 1864-8 p. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

In answer to the inquiry contained in your note of this date to Major-General Humphreys, I am instructed to say that the Second Corps in ordered to take up a position to-night in the vicinity of Bethesda Church. Your command will therefore by on the right flank of the army.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 1, 1864-8.15 p. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Please report progress, and inform me if you have received the notification that Hancock will be withdrawn. Wright has been successful, taking rifle-pits and prisoners.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

June 1, 1864-9.25 p. m.

General HUMPHREYS:

We were attacked by a pretty heavy force, but repulsed it. I have just learned that General Gibbon, who is on the extreme left of General Hancock, is withdrawing. I shall withdraw into my old line, which is the only way I can now see of protecting my right at all. I have ordered all my artillery, trains, and hospitals on the south side of the creek.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

June 1, 1864-9.30 p. m.

Major-General MEADE:

I have just telegraphed General Humphreys our situation, and the result of the enemy's attack, which was repulsed. Our loss is very small. The attack was not very strong. General Williams answered my dispatch in reference to withdrawal of Hancock, and I have just seen one of his staff officers. I shall make dispositions for the change. Glad of Wright's success.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 1, 1864-9.40 p. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

You were advised this afternoon, per Captain Bates, aide-de-camp, that Hancock was ordered to withdraw at dark, and you were directed to make the necessary disposition to cover you right flank.