War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0172 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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JUNE 18, 1864.

General MEADE:

I sent one brigade of Ayres' this morning to assist General Cutler on extreme left, who is directed to get possession of the redoubt and some houses on the enemy's right of the intrenchments Burnside took yesterday morning. Crawford's division is in with General Burnside's men on his left, and ordered to attack with them. I have Griffin's division and two brigade of Ayres' in reserve to send in anywhere they may be wanted.

Respectfully,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

P. S.-Griffin just massing here. Orders to Crawford to advance and Ayres to support.

T. LYMAN.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 18, 1864-5.15 a.m.

Major-Generals WARREN and BURNSIDE:

Birney has advanced, and reports no enemy in his immediate front. What is the state of the case with you, and what is the delay in your attack?

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 18, 1864-5.20 a.m.

Major-General WARREN:

The last report from Birney is that a deserter just in says the enemy have retired to an inner line of works, not very distant from those occupied yesterday.

GEO. G. MEADE.

(Same to General Burnside and Neill.)

JUNE 18, 1864-5.20 a.m.

Major-General MEADE:

General Cutler has advanced to the enemy's lines on the extreme left and found them deserted. Heavy smoke can be seen from that point toward Petersburg. He is ordered to advance, keeping his left resting on the railroad.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

JUNE 18, 1864-5.30 a.m.

Major-General WARREN:

The telegraph party is prepared to extend your lines as you advance. Will you please have the party and your operators instructed as to the extension.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.