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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 23, 1864 (Received 9.15 p.m.)

General S. WILLIAMS:

The work of changing and strengthening the line of rifle-pits lately occupied by General Ferrero's division has been continued since last report by General Gibbon's division and part of the Third Division. The First Division has been at work under charge of engineer department. I am cutting off the entire line made by General Ferrero from near the road, from Mrs. Smith's to Southall's, by a shorter and better line, and am felling a great deal of timber in the vicinity of the line.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 23, 1864-10 p.m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

SIR: The commanding general directs that during to-night you have your ambulance and ammunition wagons drawn off from the main road, so that the way shall be clear for the advance of troops to-morrow morning, and also that you make arrangements to have the small-arm ammunition you may require to-morrow taken to the front on pack-saddles.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 23, 1864.

Hereafter there will be assigned permanently to each division one wagon-load of intrenching tools, to consist of 150 shovels, 150 axes, and 50 picks. Division commanders will take the necessary steps to secure the proper responsibility for these tools. They will not be sent away from the division, nor left at any place where fatigue details may be sent to work, except when specially ordered from these headquarters. The commanding officer Engineer Battalion will send a man with each of these wagons to remain with it to have care of the tools.

By order of Major-General Hancock:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 193.

July 23, 1864.

1. Major General D. B. Birney, U. S. Volunteers, having been assigned in orders from headquarters Armies of the United States to the command of the Tenth Army Corps, Brigadier General G. Mott, U. S. Volunteers, will assumed command of the Third Division, Second Army Corps.

By command of Major-General Hancock:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.