War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0604 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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[First indorsement.]

Respectfully referred to Lieutenant-General Grant.

Is it possible to ask, under flag of truce, for permission to remove the wounded now lying between our lines, and which the enemy's sharpshooters prevent me bringing off?

The wounded are lying in front of the Second, Sixth, and Eighteenth Corps.

Respectfully,

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

[Second indorsement.]

A flag might be sent proposing to suspend firing where the wounded are, until each party get their own. I have no objection to such a course.*

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

SECOND CORPS,

June 5, 1864-1.15 p. m.

General GEORGE G. MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: We picket along the Dispatch road, beyond the point where the enemy hold it to the Mechanicsville road, where we connect with the cavalry pickets. Have you any orders for Birney other than your verbal ones to me? The enemy are extending to the left and building works. I ought to leave one brigade of Birney's in reserve to form in part a second line for Gibbon.

Your obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major- General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

June 5, 1864-1.30 p. m.

Brigadier General JOHN GIBBON,

Commanding Second Division, Second Corps:

GENERAL: General Meade informed me this morning that he had been to that night before last, when, the enemy assaulted your line of Smyth and Owen, the enemy took your front line and that our artillery drove them out. As I had heard of no such thing I denied it, but I desire to hear from you on the subject.

Your obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

[First indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION.

June 5, 1864.

This communication is respectfully referred to Brigadier-General Owen and Colonel Smyth, commanding Second and Third Brigades, who will please make statements of the facts in the case.

JOHN GIBBON,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding Division.

*See Meade to Grant, 1.30 p. m., p. 599.