War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0670 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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lines, and no intercourse of any kind will be held with the enemy, and the medical officers and attendants will be enjoined not to converse upon any subject connected with the military operations or likely to give information to the enemy.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS.] HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 7, 1864.

Edward Crapsey, a correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer, having published in that journal of the 2nd instant a libelous statement on the commanding general of this army calculated to impair the confidence of the army in their commanding officer, and which statement the said Crapsey has acknowledged to have been false, and to have been based on some idle camp rumor, it is hereby ordered that he be arrested and paraded through the lines of the army with a placard marked "libeler of the press," and that he be then put without the lines and not permitted to return.

The provost-marshal-general will see that this order is promptly executed.

The commanding general trusts that this example will deter others from committing like offenses, and he takes this occasion to notify the representatives of the public press that, whilst he is ready at all times to extend to them every facility for acquiring facts and giving circulation to the truth, he will not hesitate to punish with the utmost rigor all instances like the above where individuals take advantage of the privileges accorded to them to circulate falsehood and thus impair the confidence which the public and army should have in their generals and other officers.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 7, 1864-8.10 a.m.

Major General W. S. HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

Ricketts' battery will be returned to you the moment its service with the Eighteenth Corps can be dispensed with. It is not practicable to return it at the present moment.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, June 7, 1864-9 a.m. (Received 5 p.m.)

Major General D. B. BIRNEY,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to say to you that now you are in position in front of the enemy he desires