War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0380 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

June 24, 1864-9.15 a.m.

Major-General BIRNEY;

Our cavalry on the left and the Sixth Corps pickets have advanced without meeting the enemy in force. Prisoners and stragglers state that Hill's whole corps was engaged in the attack on the Sixth Corps last evening, but are believed to have withdrawn after dark. This is sent as counter-information to the dispatch from Birney.

GEO. G. MEADE.

Major-General.

(Same to Generals Warren and Burnside.)

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

June 24, 1864-10.30 a.m.(Sent 11.25 a.m.)

Major-General BIRNEY:

Commanding Second Corps:

General Wright reports that his picket-line has advanced to the position it occupied yesterday-that is, two miles and a half beyond his present line of battle. The cavalry on his left have crossed the railroad without finding the enemy. General Wright is ordered to continue throwing forward his pickets, supporting them well, and when they have secured sufficient ground to advance his line of battle. The commanding general directs that you throw forward your pickets, well supported, keeping up connection with General Wright, and advance your line of battle correspondingly with his, maintaining the connection.

A. A. HUMPHREYS.

Major-General, and Chief of Staff.

[NOTE BY OPERATOR:] Delayed in transmission, not being able to raise the operator at Second Army Corps headquarters for twenty minutes.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS.

June 24, 1864-11.45 a.m.

Major-General BIRNEY:

My pickets have reached the position held by them yesterday. As soon as the picket-line is well established and connection made with yours I shall move forward my line of battle. Please advise me of your movements.

H. G. WRIGHT.

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

June 24, 1864-11.45 a.m.(Sent 12 m.)

Major General D. B. BIRNEY,

Commanding Second Corps:

The commanding general directs that Gibbon's division proceed with as little delay as practicable to relieve the two brigades of the Fifth