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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, June 15, 1864-6 p.m.

General HUMPHREYS:

We are just in the midst of issuing the rations that were ordered this morning; shall we finish it, or shall the troops start at once? Shall the artillery and ambulance trains that crossed the river this morning follow the command? We can start at once if desirable.

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 15, 1864. (Sent 6.45 p.m.)

Major-General BURNSIDE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

The commanding general says move at once. Take your rations with you in the wagons. Take your artillery and ambulances and your other wagons allowed with troops that are across the river with you.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 15, 1864. (Sent 6.20 p.m.)

Major-General BURNSIDE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you do not interfere with the trains in moving down to the bridge, but keep through the fields. Notify him as your head of column approaches the bridge so that the approaches to the bridge may be cleared for your troops.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, June 15, 1864-7.15 p.m.

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

The Eighth [U. S.] Infantry are under orders to join the Fifth Corps at daylight to-morrow morning. The three companies of the Fifty-first New York who have been ordered to relieve them are now on engineer duty and cannot be drawn in before we start. Can the Eighth Infantry remain with us until after the termination of this move?

A. E. BURNSIDE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 15, 1864. (Received 7.30 p.m.)

Major-General BURNSIDE:

You can retain the Eighth Infantry till to-morrow, at which time you will direct it to report to Major-General Warren, who will cross at daylight and follow on your road. The working party taken from your corps will join you at the bridge.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.