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HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, June 17, 1864.

General WILLIAMS:

It will require about 4,000 men from General Burnside to relieve the rest of my line outside of the Sixth Corps.

W. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 17, 1864-5.10 p.m.

Major General W. F. SMITH,

Commanding Eighteenth Corps:

I am directed to advise you that a division of General Burnside's will relieve the portion of your troops covering the Spring Hill road as soon after dark as practicable.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, June 17, 1864.

Major General B. F. BUTLER,

Commanding Department of Virginia and North Carolina:

GENERAL: General Meade in anxious to have the two divisions of the Sixth Corps relieved by me and returned to him. I can send General Martindale's division to relieve them if you see fit. Shall I do so, and return with my command?

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. F. SMITH,

Major-General.

[JUNE 17, 1864.-For General Smith's congratulatory circular to the Eighteenth Army Corps, see Part I, p.706.]

BURNSIDE'S HEADQUARTERS, June 18, 1864-9 a.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Burnside has been moving to right to connect with Hancock. Have not yet heard that connection is complete, but an attack is ordered. General Burnside wishes to know if Wright and Warren have attacked.

C. B. COMSTOCK,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 18, 1864-6 p.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

City Point:

Birney made an assault an hour ago, vigorous, with nine brigades, but was repulsed with considerable loss. The attack is reported to have