War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0126 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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JUNE 17, 1864.

General MEADE:

Major Roebling communicated to General Humphreys all the results of his examinations. He was across the railroad at the bridge over the Blackwater River, and there was no enemy south of it. There is nothing visible along the railroad for a mile northwest of the bridge. Here the road curves and farther view is obstructed. It is impossible to tell what force the enemy is in, but he presents a continual line all the way to the Blackwater Swamp. Roebling will go on a further reconnaissance with my cavalry escort.

Respectfully,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 17, 1864.

Major-General WARREN,

Fifth Corps:

The commanding general directs that you hold a strong division of your command in readiness to move from the left to right for temporary service.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 17, 1864-7.15 p.m.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

Your division will probably be required for to-night and part of to-morrow until relieved by General Wright's troops now with General Butler, which will join this army when relieved by the Eighteenth Corps.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

June 17, 1864-7.30 p.m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Some prisoners just sent in say that General Burnside's troops are over the works. They say that we can easily capture Petersburg if we push right ahead.

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 17, 1864-8 p.m.

General WARREN:

If Burnside has gained any great success which can be followed up I desire you to move forward with your whole corps. I have no report from Burnside, but only a message from Lieutenant-Colonel Locke, your assistant adjutant-general.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.