War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0408 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

No. 164. June 25, 1864.

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II. The First and Second Battalions, Fourth New York Heavy Artillery, are assigned to the First and Second Brigades, respectively, of the Third Division of the corps, and will report for duty accordingly.

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By command of Major-General Birney:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, June 25, 1864.

Division commanders will use every exertion to rest their troops during the halt at this point. This can be done by the erection of shelter-tents, bough-houses, digging of wells, and keeping out alarm posts between the pickets and the rifle-pits. Sinks will, of course, be constructed and every exertion made to reorganize the command and enforce discipline and good order.

By command of Major-General Birney:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 25, 1864-9.30 a.m.

Major-General GIBBON,

Commanding Division, Second Corps, near Williams' House:

General Wright reports that his sharpshooter officers report to him a column of the enemy's infantry half a mile long moving down the railroad. He has sent out cavalry for further information. The commanding general directs that you hold yourself ready for advance, and as you may be moved down on the flank of the enemy he directs that you send out staff officers to learn the roads leading from the plank road at and beyond our left flank toward the railroad.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, June 25, 1864.

Brigadier-General MOTT,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to say that he has ordered General Gibbon to fall back from his advanced line to the main line occupied by him. He directs that you bring back the brigades you have in the front line when General Gibbon falls back. You will please leave your picket-line in these rifle-pits, or your supports if the picket-line is beyond them. The general desires this done in anticipation of being called upon for support by General Wright.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. H. MORGAN,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.