War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0348 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS,

June 23, 1864-12.30 p.m.

Major-General WARREN, Commanding Fifth Corps;

GENERAL: The pickets report a large force of the enemy, say a division, as moving about on my front for the past hour and a half, on the high ground, massed beyond their works. My artillery has been playing upon them.

Very respectfully,

R. B. AYRES,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

June 23, 1864.

Brigadier-General CRAWFORD, Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that your division will be relieved to-night by General Burnside. On being relieved you will march your troops around to the left of General Griffin and relieve a division of the Second Corps which connects with Griffin's left.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 23, 1864-5 a.m.

General H. G. WRIGHT, Commanding Sixth Corps:

A construction party will at once report at your headquarters to extend the telegraph you may select, or to any point you may desire, to enable you to communicate promptly with the commanding general. Please have the necessary instructions given the party.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

June 23, 1864-7.25 a.m.

Major-General MEADE:

General Wright is now going to the front.

T. LYMAN.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

June 23, 1864-8.30 a.m.

Major-General WRIGHT:

General Barlow reports his skirmish line in the immediate presence of the enemy's line of works. This skirmish line is about a mile in front of his line of battle, which had not moved, waiting for Russell's movements. I send this to you for your information and would suggest the sending a staff officer to ascertain exactly the position of Barlow's skirmish line to govern the movements of Ricketts and Russell.

GEO. G. MEADE.