War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0547 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, Bethesda Church, June 3, 1864-7.35 a. m.

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: We have carried the first line of the enemy's works, and are now reforming the line, with a view to assaulting the main line. The resistance is very determined. We have taken prisoners from both Hill's and Ewell's corps, but it is possible that they have but or two divisions from each corps. The prisoners are from one of Hill's and two of Ewell's. Our loss has been considerable. The loss of the enemy in the attack of last night was very great, at least it is so represented by prisoners. There are indications that the enemy are moving to our left-not definite.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, Bethesda Church, June 3, 1864.

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: Our right has communicated with Wilson's division, of cavalry. General Potter's division has carried two lines of refle-pits, and is now in them, close to the main line. We will make an effort to take this line. We hold across the Shady Grove road on our right, and shall make an effort to cut their line just opposite this place. The enemy is very strong in our front.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 3, 1864-8.30 a. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

The major-general commanding desires to learn the condition of things in your front. Generals Hancock, Wright, and Smith have each taken some of the advanced rifle-pits of the enemy, and are continuing their assaults upon their works. General Barlow got temporary possession of the main line.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 3, 1864-10 a. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

Your dispatch of 7.35 a. m. is received. The major-general commanding is glad to hear of your success, and directs me to say that we are pushing on here, and that he desires you to do the same as long as there is any chance for success.

A. A. HUMPRHEYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.