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say, at 3 a.m.? It is so dark to-night I am afraid the troops might get into confusion. I will have to leave my main picket-line as it is to-night, connecting with General Warren, and establish the new line at daylight. I shall withdraw my artillery and trains at once.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 11, 1864-10 p.m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

The commanding general directs me to say that if you move your command at 3 a.m., as you propose, it will answer every purpose. Your command may move to-morrow.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 11, 1864-10.15 p.m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

Upon looking over my last dispatch it occurs to me that the last paragraph may convey an erroneous impression. I meant that your corps may be moved to-morrow from its position near the Williams house on some one of the proposed operations.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, July 11, 1864-12.15 p.m.

The command will be held in readiness to move at a moment's notice, it being stated by deserters that Hill's corps is moving against our left.

By order of Major-General Hancock:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, July 11, 1864.

The following movements are ordered for to-night: The divisions will be withdrawn from the present intrenched line and massed near the Williams house. The breast-works now occupied by the troops must be destroyed by 3 a.m., at which hour the division will move as follows: The Second Division will withdraw by the left along the breast-works; the First Division will withdraw by the left toward the Williams house, either by the road leading by General Wright's old headquarters or by the entrenchments. The Third Division, Major-General Birney, will withdraw by way of the Jones house and plank road. The artillery will be withdrawn under the direction of the chief of artillery. Staff officers from these headquarters will indicate the positions for the