War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0166 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, June 18, 1864.

General MEADE:

The following just received from General Gibbon:

12.20 P. M.

I have commenced a vigorous assault. My lines are now going forward. I find the enemy very strong in our front. Assault unsuccessful.

B. R. PIERCE,

Brigadier-General.

Just after writing the above General Pierce was wounded; Colonel Smyth in command.

D. B. BIRNY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 18, 1864.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

Following* sent to General Birney with a request that if he can advance Barlow, as well as the attack in Gibbon's front, it would be well to do so. I desire to make a strong effort along the whole line.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 18, 1864-1.30 p.m.

Major-General BIRNEY:

Following telegraphed for your information:

HEADQUARTERS NINTH CORPS, June 18, 1864-[1.10 p.m.].

General MEADE:

General Barlow does not connect with the right of General Burnside, and the report is that Barlow has not advanced, so that the enemy hold the railroad cut on the right of the Ninth Corps. General Burnside would like Barlow to advance, as they have a cross-fire on Willcox.

W. W. SANDERS,

Captain and Aide-de-Camp.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

SECOND CORPS, June 18, 1864-1.55 p.m.

General MEADE:

The attack under General Gibbon was unsuccessful. I will reform and organize for another later in the day, selecting another brigade. The assault was not a spirited one, but the enemy's position was strong. I will seek another front. I hold advanced ground and have gained a good crest for artillery, which is in position.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

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*See Meade to Birney, 1.30 p.m.,next, post.

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