War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0382 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

June 24, 1864.

Major-General WRIGHT:

There seems some misunderstanding between Generals Russell and Barlow as to advancing pickets. I have ordered General Barlow to advance his without delay.

D. B. BIRNEY.

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS

June 24, 1864-12.45 p.m.

Major-General BIRNEY, Commanding Second Corps:

My pickets are in the same position as yesterday before I swung my left back, and the position agreed upon between us, but I have not yet ascertained whether they have connected with yours. Do you know? I shall not move my line of battle forward until the connection between our pickets is established, and not until I hear from and communicate with you. When I move my line of battle it will be to about the position agreed upon by us yesterday. I am going to army headquarters and will be back here shortly.

H. G. WRIGHT.

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH CORPS,

June 24, 1864-4.20 p.m.

Major-General BIRNEY:

By direction of General Meade I am to remain in my present position and to hold my picket-line as at present-that is, in the position it occupied yesterday connecting with you. I presumed you had received similar orders, as you cannot advance without breaking connecting with my right.

H. G. WRIGHT

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS.

June 24, 1864-4.45 p.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

General Wright says that his orders are not to advance his picket-line. I have advanced mine under the orders. Shall I withdraw to the same time held by the Sixth Corps?

D. B. BIRNEY.

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

June 24, 1864-5 p.m.

Major-General BIRNEY, Commanding Second Corps:

The commanding general directs that you retain your picket-line as it is now. General Wright will be notified and directed to advance his. He was directed through me at 10.30 a.m. to advance his pickets.

A. A. HUMPHREYS.

Major-General and Chief of Staff.