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CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 2, 1864-9 a.m.

Corps commanders will hereafter, until further orders, render reports by telegraph at or before 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., giving a summary of events during the preceding twelve hours, including all operations, offensive and defensive, changes in the position of troops, construction and progress of intrenchments, siege-works, opening of roads, &c. In fine, all matters enabling the commanding general to ascertain the precise condition of the army.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 2, 1864-9 p.m.

General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

The following changes have taken place in my line to-day: General Ferrero's division ordered to the crossing of the Blackwater. Part of General Gibbon's division relieved by the Sixth Corps. Each of my divisions has now one brigade in reserve. No change in intrenchments, and no new roads opened.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

July 2, 1864-10.05 p.m.

General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

The rebel pickets say that they understand that we are going to give them a fierce assault on the 4th, and they are getting ready for us.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding Second Army Corps.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 2, 1864.

Major-General WARREN:

The following changes have been ordered for this morning: General Wright to move back to his former position on the left of the Second Corps and extend across the plank road; General Ferrero to move to the crossing of the Blackwater by the old Norfolk road and picket across from the left of the Sixth Corps toward Prince George Court-House; General Sheridan to move to the vicinity of Prince George Court-House, leaving a brigade to picket on the left.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

(Same to General Burnside.)