War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0542 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, June 3, 1864-5.45 p. m.

Major-General MEADE:

I posted General Birney on my left, where you directed. He has taken up a good position, and besides relieving some of General Smith's line has a brigade in reserve. If I am at liberty to call upon him, I think I shall have no trouble to hold my own: my center is at a salient, where I cannot well advance it; my right is close up to the enemy; my left can be advanced to-night, but it will bring me in an open field, and where it might be difficult to withdraw from in the daytime, or even in the night, without the enemy knowing it. It will also require some advance of General Smith.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH CORPS, June 3, 1864. (Received 6.15 p. m.)

Major-General WARREN:

GENERAL: Major-General Meade is anxiously waiting for an answer at this dispatch.*

Very respectfully,

J. D. FLYNN,

Operator.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 3, 1864-6.15 p. m.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs me to say that General Birney must return to his corps to-night. He proposes to withdraw General Burnside and put him in Birney's place, between you and General Smith. Before giving the orders he depress to submit the matter to you. Please reply at once. Bethesda Church will be far enough to the right to occupy.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 3, 1864-8.40 p. m.

Lieutenant G. L. GILLESPIE,

U. S. Engineers, Fifth Corps:

By orders of General Meade, a company of the battalion will be sent to you at once to the headquarters Fifth Corps. You will report to General Warren for instructions. Send the company back to headquarters as soon as you get through with it.

CHARLES N. TURNBULL,

Captain of Engineers.

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*Probably that of 4.10 p. m., to which no answer is found.

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