War of the Rebellion: Serial 080 Page 0153 Chapter LII. THE RICHMOND CAMPAIGN.

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41.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

July 30, 1864-4.40 a.m.

Brigadier-General MOTT,

Commanding Division, in intrenchments of Eighteenth Corps,

old headquarters of Eighteenth Corps:

General Burnside is ordered if his mine has failed to open all the batteries on his front and assault at once. Upon hearing his batteries open have all the batteries of the Eighteenth Corps opened.

A. A. HUMPHREYS.

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

42.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

July 30, 1864-4.50 a.m.

OPERATOR AT HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS:

Send following message by orderly to General Hancock:

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

The commanding general wishes you to be about the headquarters of the Eighteenth Corps, as that he can communicate with you at any time.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

43.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

July 30, 1864-6 a.m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

The major-general commanding directs me to say that General Burnside reports the enemy's line in his front abandoned, and the prisoners taken say that there is no second line. The commanding general may call on you to move forward at any moment, and wishes you to have your troops well up to the front, prepared to move. Do the enemy's lines in front of Mott's division appear to be thinly occupied, and is there any chance to push forward there?

A. A. HUMPHREYS.

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

44.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS.

July 30, 1864-6 a.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

It is not possible to say about the line in front of General Mott, as both parties keep down, firing whenever a head is shown. General Ord left word for me with General Mott that there was no place to assault here, as the line was not only protected by abatis but by wire. This was the decision of himself and his division commanders, and he requested General Mott so to inform me. I know nothing more about it. I will be prepared for your orders.

W. S. HANCOCK.