HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, June 7, 1864-1.20 p.m.
The telegraph is now up to my headquarters. The road is now nearer to you and to my division headquarters than before. I forgot to mention last evening that the enemy is throwing mortar shells (probably Coehorns), directed at Cold Harbor. I shall send a staff officer and orderlies to show the way to headquarters.
WINF'D S. HANCOCK,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 7, 1864-11.50 p.m.
The commanding general directs that the companies of regular engineer troops now serving with the Second, Sixth, and Eighteenth Corps be returned early to-morrow morning to the headquarters of the regular engineer battalion near these headquarters.
(Same to Wright and Smith.)
CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,
June 7, 1864.
Division commanders are informed that it has been observed this p.m. that along three-fourths of the line the breast-works have been constructed so high that it is impossible for the troops to fire horizontally over them.
By command of Major-General Hancock:
FRANCIS A. WALKER,
HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, SECOND ARMY CORPS, June 7, 1864.
Wherever this fault exists along their line of works brigade commanders will have "treads" or platforms of earth constructed at once, so that the troops may be high enough to be able to deliver an effective fire horizontally over the works.
By order of Brigadier-General Barlow:
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, SECOND CORPS, June 7, 1864.
COLONEL: I have the honor to report that we continued the approach last night as vigorously as possible. We are working the most advanced parallel from both right and left toward the center. On the left some 6 yards was finished last night, and the right some 4 yards. Only 1 man can work at a time, and last night the flashes