War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0505 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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said that if you would send you quartermaster and commissary to report at these headquarters, efforts will be made to supply you with rations and forage.

F. U. FARQUHAR,

Captain, Engineers.

HEADQUARTERS, June 2, 1864. (Received 1.20 a. m.)

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I have the honor to inform you that I think my line perfectly indefensible without more troops. I have been obliged to take the only brigade in reserve to fill up a gap in my lines.

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS, June 2, 1864. (Received 2.20 a. m.)

General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

GENERAL: All my chiefs of departments, excepting engineers and signal corps, are at White House, hurrying forward supplies to me. They will return as soon as all that I have left behind is forwarded.

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS, June 2, 1864.*

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

Your order for an attack in the morning is received. I have endeavored to represent to you my condition. In the present condition of my line an attack by me would be simply preposterous; not only that, but an attack on the part of the enemy of any vigor would probably carry my lines more than half their length. I have called on General Wright for about 100,000 rounds of ammunition, and have asked it to-night. Deserters report the enemy massing on my right for an attack early in the morning.

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 2, 1864-2.30 a. m. (Received 2.40 a. m.)

Major General W. F. SMITH,

Commanding Corps

(Through General Wright's headquarters):

Your dispatch of 2.20 a. m. received. The major-general commanding directs me to reply that he has done everything in his power to have a supply of ammunition sent to you at the earliest possible moment.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

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*June 1, as given by Smith. See Part I, p. 1001.

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