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CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 1, 1864-11.40 p.m.

On the return of the Sixth Corps to-morrow the following changes in the disposition of troops is ordered: As soon as relieved by General Wright, the command of General Ferrero will proceed to the point indicated in orders from headquarters Army of the Potomac, at the crossing of the Blackwater by the Old Norfolk road. If the Sixth Corps relieves enough of General Gibbon's line to allow General Gibbon to relieve the left brigade of the First Division, and to have one brigade of his own division in reserve, it will be done. If not enough of his troops are relieved by the Sixth Corps, General Gibbon will relieve the left brigade of the First Division, putting the whole of his own division in the rifle-pits. Such of the pickets of the Sixth Corps as are in front of the First and Second Divisions will be relieved by those divisions as soon as the above arrangement is completed.

By command of Major-General Hancock:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 1, 1864.

The Sixth Corps now occupies a position on the left of the Second, about three miles from the Williams house, along the plank road.

By command of Major-General Hancock:

W. P. WILSON,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 1, 1864.

Major-General GIBBON,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: General Ferrero has been ordered to relieve as many of your troops on his right as practicable. If you are able to spare the brigade of the Third Division, and your line still be safe, the general desires it to be relieved and sent back to General Birney.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 1, 1864.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you have abatis placed on your line wherever such work will materially strengthen it, and that you make such other additions to your intrechments as your means admit that will add to their security and reduce the number of men necessary to hold them.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.