War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0215 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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but very little water in the ravine. Colonel Gregg is now moving forward to attack the enemy's cavalry, which can be seen on the other side of the ravine. General Miles is also moving forward to assist in the attack, with two regiments deployed as skirmishers; has the rest of his command ready to go forward if required. I will write and left of Charles City road, and Colonel Gregg on the right of it.

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

W. G. MITCHELL,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

Deep Creek, August 16, 1864-7.15 a.m. (Received 8.15.)

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding:

GENERAL: General Gregg's cavalry and General Miles' skirmishers have crossed Deep Creek, driving the enemy before them in the direction of White's Tavern, which is about two miles from this point. General Gregg is here. He thinks we can go forward as far, probably, as White's Tavern. I will keep you informed of our progress. There is no firing at this moment. The enemy appear to be falling back rapidly and our troops are advancing.

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

W. G. MITCHELL,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, August 16, 1864.

General GRANT:

A brigadier-general, supposed to be Brigadier-General Girardey, is dead within our lines. So reports my chief of staff. Girardey commands that brigade of General Wright's, who is on leave.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

(Copy to General Meade.)

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

August 16, 1864-8.15 a.m. (Received 9.15 a.m.)

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding:

GENERAL: Generals Gregg and Miles are advancing, with sharp skirmishing. We are now about one mile from White's Tavern, on Charles City road. Have not met enemy's infantry yet. We have killed Brigadier-General Chambliss, of the rebel service. His body is in our possession.

I am, general, your obedient servant,

W. G. MITCHELL,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

The prisoners are from W. H. F. Lee's division.