War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 1072 Chapter LIV. OPERATIONS IN SE.VA.AND N.C.

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regiments first saw service in the field after the battle of Spotsylvania. At Cold Harbor the colonel of the Thirty-sixth Wisconsin, as gallant a soldier as ever lived, fell dead on the field, as did the colonel of the Eighth New York fell mortally wounded beside his flag on the breast-works of the enemy. These regiments have since that action suffered severely, one of them at least having lost two commanding officer. I respectfully request that their colors may be returned to them. They are entitled to the same privileges as other regiments-that is, the right to strive to avoid the penalties of General Orders, No. 37, current series, headquarters Army of the Potomac.

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

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, September 28, 1864.(Received 10 a.m.)

General WILLIAMS:

There has been no change in the disposition of troops in my command since last report. Five deserters came in during the night, but know of nothing important going no.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, September 28, 1864. (Sent 11.35 a.m.)

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

The Second Division of the Ninth Corps, massed in rear of the Avery house, was moved this morning after daylight to the vicinity of the Gurley house.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, September 28, 1864. (Received 9.15 p.m.)

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

There is quite sharp musketry on the left as Fort Hell-interspersed with artillery. The musketry seems too heavy for picket. It sounds like an attack on the picket-line.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, September 28, 1864-9.15 p.m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

What is the musketry and artillery fire about?

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.