War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0170 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

June 18, 1864-1 a.m.

A vigorous assault of the enemy's position at a point in front of the Third Division will be made by this corps at 4 a.m. to-day, 18th. The assault will be made by General Birney with his own division at the point indicated by General Birney yesterday, and such part of the First and Second Division as it is possible to devote to the purpose. The commanders of the First and Second Division will at once send to General Birney all their disposable troops, preceded by staff officers to ascertain the exact position they are to occupy. The assaulting force will be formed into as small a front as practicable and the successive lines well closed up, so as to make the attack as persistent and powerful as possible.

By command of Major-General Hanckock:

WM. R. DRIVER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

Near Petersburg, Va., June 18, 1864-2.15 a.m.

For the present Major-General Hancock relinquishes the command of the corps. Major-General Birney will assume command at once.

By command of Major-General Hancock:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

June 18, 1864-1.15 p.m.

Division commanders will relieve troops temporarily with their commands, ordering them to report to their respective division commanders. General Barlow will form in two lines; General Mott with one brigade front, the balance in reserve; General Gibbon will form on the right of strong skirmish line will be advanced as far as possible, connecting right and left. The chief of staff will indicate to division commanders their lines, which will be intrenched.

By command of Major-General Birney:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, June 18, 1864-11.05 a.m.

Major-General BIRNEY:

GENERAL: Your dispatch in regard to batteries is received. I have as yet no place for any. If as the troops advance we get suitable places I will send for them.

Respectfully,

JOHN GIBBON,

Major-General.