War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0196 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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NINTH CORPS, June 18, 1864-7[*] p.m.

General MEADE:

General Burnside is now going to assist Warren in his attack at 7.30 p.m.

W. W. SANDERS,

Captain and Aide-de-Camp.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

No. 24.

June 18, 1864.

The commanding general takes great pride in assuring this command of the nigh appreciation in which their services, after the fatigues of the recent movement, are held at the headquarters of the army, and quotes with pleasure the expression used by the commanding general of the Army of the Potomac in speaking of the brilliant assault on the morning of the 17th. He writes: "It affords me great satisfaction on congratulate you and you gallant corps on the successful assault on the morning of the 17th. Knowing the wearied condition of your men from the night march of over twenty-two miles and the continued movement through the night of the 16th, their persistence and success is highly creditable."

The commanding general can only add that in this, as in the previous and succeeding events of this unexampled campaign, the Ninth Corps has through every trial invariably proved true to its history and to its promise.

By command of Major-General Burnside:

LEWIS RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, June 18, 18684-11.15 a.m.

Major-General BURNSIDE,

Commanding Corps:

GENERAL: My skirmish line is moving forward, fighting over an open field, within plain view of the rebel main works. I will advance them as close up as it is possible to get. Am in hopes of gaining position for a battery to silence the enemy's.

Very respectfully,

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

[JUNE 18, 1864.-For Sheridan to Humphreys,reporting operations, &c., see Vol. XXXVI, Part III, p.778.]

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS, June 18, 1864-8 p.m.

Brigadier-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I have the honor to inform you that I have on regiment upon the road from Saint [Prince] George Court-House to Petersburg

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*The minute time obliterated in original.

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