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|Ok, I did a little further reading And I found that a copy of Butterfield's letter to Hancock, informing him that he was, by order of Meade, to take command if Reynolds was dead was supposed to be given to Howard. So why did Howard dispute Hancock's command if he recieved a copy of the letter. One reason has already been given, senority. Another might be that the letter came from the chief of staff rather than the commanding general. And yet another is the amendment just five minutes later telling Hancock to hold his column ready to move.