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hold, including their advanced positions, and will cause reconnaissances to be made with a view to moving against the enemy's works by regular approaches from the advanced positions now held. Should the enemy assume the offensive and succeed in breaking through any point of our line, the corps commanders nearest to the assaulted point will throw their whole force upon the enemy's column making the attack.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 3, 1864-6.30 p. m.

The commanding general directs you to report the condition of affairs in your front, and what it is practicable to do to-morrow. Acknowledge receipt.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

(The corps commanders.)

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, Numbers 151.

June 3, 1864.

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2. The troops recently brought to this army under the command of Colonel Cesnola, Fourth New York Cavalry, are distributed as follows: The mounted cavalry to the Cavalry Corps; the dismounted cavalry to the command of Colonel Gould, with the general supply trains near Anderson's; the Fifty-seventh New York Volunteers will rejoin the Second Army Corps; the provisional brigade of infantry, under command of Colonel Cavins, and the detachments of unformed stragglers will be sent to-night via Old Church to the provost-marshal-general at these headquarters for distribution. The led horses with the command will be turned over to the Cavalry Corps.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. SECOND CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 3, 1864-6.30 a. m.

General MEADE:

Colonel Smyth, of General Gibbon's command, is making another attempt to carry the enemy's works in his front. General Barlow's line support him.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

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