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ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.
Additional Particulars of Its Movements.
WASHINGTON, June 17. — A despatch, dated Headquarters Army of the Potomac, 15th says: —
The army is now crossing the James river at two places — one from Wilcox’s Wharf to Windmill Point, and the other about two miles below.
The Second Corps crossed yesterday at the first mentioned place.
The Fifth Corps started at ten this morning. Some Rebel infantry were found on the way supporting Rebel cavalry, but a part of the Fifth Corps came up and drove them from position to White Oak Bridge at this place.
The Rebels were found in a strong position, with their artillery posted, and Gen. Hill’s corps supporting it. Skirmishing commenced and was continued until darkness set in. Our forces withdrew towards Harrison’s Landing. Our loss was about 100 killed and wounded, while that of the Rebels was heavier.
Gen. Grant returned from his visit to Gen. Butler last evening, having found everything satisfactory.
GENERAL HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 16 — 6 A. M. — Nothing of an exciting character occurred yesterday, our troops and trains being engaged in crossing all day. Gen. Hancock’s Corps had advanced towards Petersburg, which place he was expected to reach last night. Nothing official had been heard from him to this hour. Heavy cannonading has been going on in that direction, supposed to be either him or Gen. Butler engaging the enemy. The entire army will be across the James River tonight.1
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- Albany Evening Journal, June 17, 1864 ↩