unition to fill up the cartridge-boxes, which relieved a most pressing want; and during the morning a division of the Sixth Corps took the place of General Devens's division in the lines, enabling me to shorten my front so that it could be held.
A division was also ordered to take post on my right, but it failed to appear.
The day was spent in strengthening the position and making ready for the next conflict.
In the afternoon the following circular order was received:
2:30 P. M., June 2d.
Circular: The attack ordered for 5 P. M. this day is postponed to 4:30 A. M. to-morrow.
Corps commanders will employ the interim in making examinations of the ground on their front and perfecting the arrangements for the assault. Geo. G. Meade, Major-General Commanding.
Such an order of battle as was developed in that circular — an attack along the whole line — is denounced by the standard writers on the art of war, and belongs to the first period in history after man had ceased t