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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 6, 1864-10.45 a. m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

Please report condition of affairs in your front. What progress, if any, was made last night in pushing toward the enemy, and your judgment from present condition of affairs of the practicability of in assault on the enemy's works in your front?

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General, Commanding.

(Same to General Smith.)

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 6, 1864-11 a. m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

You will please notify Major-General Birney that all communications for superior authority, whether received by flag of truce or otherwise, are to be forwarded to his corps and Army of the Potomac, headquarters.

Respectfully,

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General, Commanding.

SECOND CORPS,

June 6, 1864-1.30 p. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

The following dispatch has just been received from General birney, and respectfully forwarded:

HEADQUARTERS BIRNEY'S DIVISION,

June 6, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: In answer to the dispatch from headquarters of the army I have the honor to report that two of my staff have just returned from Bottoms Bridge, and report that the enemy's pickets are on this side of Chickahominy to the lower Sumner Bridge-then, the line is on the farther side; that at the railroad bridge a post is on this side; also at Bottom's Bridge. Our cavalry picket the road and are not on the bank. I find the picket-line of the enemy in my front, near where the creek supplying Barker's Mill empties. Quite a strong one there. The farther bank commands this. The pickets are dismounted, of course, and it is hard to tell whether they are infantry or cavalry. I think those above the lower Sumner Bridge are infantry.

I am, your obedient servant,

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

June 6, 1864-3.20 p. m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: In reply to the message this morning, asking my opinion as to the practicability of an assault on the enemy's works