I don not see, therefore, why you should be surprised at the withdrawal of Gibbon, though I must admit Hancock should have withdrawn him last. You can refuse your right flank, but the left must remain in connection with Warren. You should endeavor to get a reserve of movable troops to meet any attempt to turn your right flank. The Totopotomoy ought to be a strong line to rest your flank on.
GEO. G. MEADE,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,
June 1, 1864.
General Birney will send you a message by Captain Miller when the last of his troops are leaving. Two divisions have nearly passed. The wire is now about to close, and I am going to leave for the headquarters of the army.
WINF'D S. HANCOCK,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
June 1, 1864-11 p. m.
You will hold your command in readiness to-morrow either to attack on your front or to move to the support of General Warren,
GEO. G. MEADE,
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,
June 1, 1864-10.30 a. m.
Commanding First Division:
GENERAL: You will cause your main line to be connected on your right with General Willcox' left, and cause your line of skirmishers on your extreme right to be advanced so as to connect with the advance line of skirmishers in front of General Hartranft. You can than, if possible, place in reserve in rear of your line, in connection with General Willcox, either your First or Second Brigade. Please have these movements consummated as rapidly as possible.
Very respectfully, yours,
A. E. BURNSIDE.
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, NINTH CORPS,
June 1, 1864-4.15 p. m.
Major General A. E. BURNSIDE,
Commanding Ninth Corps:
GENERAL: I have just received your request for a report of the condition of my front. The division officer of the day is just in