War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0101 CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION. Chapter LII.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1864.

General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have 1,600 privates, with a proportionate number of non-commissioned and commissioned officers, on fatigue at the redoubts under Captain Mendell. The details are made from my reserve brigades, which extended my line previously. To make the same extension will require the details to be relieved. If General Wright's picket-line is to be relieved to-night it will be a difficult operation. If it is to be done I would like to know how many men he has on.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 9, 1864.

Major-General HANCOCK:

The Sixth Corps is ordered to move at once, and their pickets must therefore be relieved with as little delay as practicable. The commanding general directs that you confer with Major-General Wright by telegraph as to the strength and location of his picket-line. General Ferrero's division is ordered to the vicinity of the Williams house, and will to-morrow partially relieve your fatigue details.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 9, 1864-10.20 p.m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

Major Duane is directed to send back the working party on the redoubts to you. It is important that no delay should occur in the movement of any part of General Wright's command, and the commanding general directs that his pickets be relieved at once.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 9, 1864-10.25 p.m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

The commanding general directs that no time be lost in relieving the pickets of the Sixth Corps, as it is important that it should be done at once. The working detail can be arranged to-morrow morning.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1864 (Received 10.30 p.m.)

General S. WILLIAMS:

There will be no delay in relieving the Sixth Corps pickets.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.