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JUNE 7, 1864-4.50 p.m.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Your dispatch of 4.30 just received. The commanding general directs that you retake the ground lost, bringing up General Crittenden if necessary.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, June 7, 1864-4.50 p.m.

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

The order has already been given to retake the ground, but the nature of the ground is such that only a few men can work at once. It will be done, however, if possible. As much of General Crittenden's force as can be used will be put on.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, June 7, 1864.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Can I be of any assistance to you?

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, June 7, 1864-4.30 p.m.

General W. F. SMITH,

Commanding Eighteenth Corps:

I am much obliged for your kind dispatch. We hope to hold our own, but it may be well, if you have any reserves, to hold them ready to send to us in case of need, or if any of your batteries can fire upon the attacking force it would held us.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, June 7, 1864-7.30 p.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

Commanding Armies of the United States:

An application was made to you this morning from Major-General Crittenden to be relieve from duty with this command. Under the circumstances, I am satisfied that it would be better to relieve him. If proper, I would be glad to have an answer, that I can make proper arrangements. You can consider this dispatch confidential or otherwise, as you think the interests of the service demand.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.