HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, SECOND ARMY CORPS, June 3, 1864-3 p. m.
Commanding Fifth Corps:
GENERAL: I have the honor to report that I am in position connecting your left with General Smith's right. I have relieved a portion of General Smith's troops, and straightened the line by advancing it, taking advantage of an excellent ridge. I have massed a brigade in rear of Crawford's left, and can hold the line. I will throw out a strong picket, relieving General Smith, and intrench at dusk. I have received from corps headquarters a copy of order from army headquarters as to offensive operations.
Your obedient servant,
D. B. BIRNEY,
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, June 3, 1864-3.15 p. m.
Just as we were about ready to attack the enemy on our right he made a vigorous attack there upon us, which, so far has been repulsed. If any part of the army's lines will admit of being weakened, I think it would be well to relieve me of a portion of that I now hold, as I have only a single line, and much of it is in woods, so that I cannot use artillery nor see what may be preparing for us. If any part of my line should be broken I fear I could not restore it. If we remain in position the enemy may learn my wakens thought captures on my skirmish line, and prepare an attack that I cannot withstand.
G. K. WARREN,
Major-General of Volunteers.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 3, 1864-4.10 p. m.
What is the condition of affairs in your front? Was the attack at 12.30 made as proposed?
GEO. G. MEADE,
(Same to Burnside.)
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 3, 1864-4.15 p. m.
Your dispatch of 3.15 p. m., per Lieutenant Rosencrantz, received. Birney's division, 8,000 men, was sent to re-enforce you. He is all the reserve and re-enforcements I have at my disposal. Where have you posted Birney, and does not his arrival enable you to concentrate?
GEO. G. MEADE,