War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0168 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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SECOND CORPS, June 18, 1864-3.10 p.m.

General MEADE:

Dispatch received. I shall advance Barlow and assault from my center without delay. Barlow connects with General Burnside. I will make the assault with my whole disposable force.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

SECOND CORPS, June 18, 1864-4.10 p.m.

General MEADE:

General Mott is forming as rapidly as possible, and every exertion will be made to hurry up the attack. It will be made in columns, covered by a heavy skirmish line,and will be sustained by an advance all along my line. Even where I have but one line I shall put in all the troops I can. The attack would probably be successful had I enough good officers left to lead the attacking columns. This is the difficulty. General Mott will be ready in about twenty-five minutes.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

Send to General Martindale for his information.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

SECOND CORPS, June 18, 1864-5 p.m.

General MEADE:

I have just made an assault with nine brigade, and have been repulsed with considerable loss.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 18, 1864-5 p.m.

Major-General BIRNEY:

Sorry to hear you could not carry the works. Get the best line you can and be prepared to hold it. I suppose you cannot make any more attacks, and I feel satisfied all has been done that can be done.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

SECOND CORPS, June 18, 1864-5.10 p.m.

Major-General MEADE:

Dispatch received. My line is strong and mostly intrenched. Will hold the ground gained.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.