War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 1262 Chapter LIV. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, December 9, 1864.

Major-General PICKETT, Commanding, &c.:

You will hold one of your brigades in readiness to re-enforce us on this side of the river or go to the assistance of General Lee to-morrow morning. You will have it under arms at daylight.

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, December 9, 1864.

Major General C. W. FIELD,

Commanding, &c.:

You will have your division ready to move at daylight in the morning, with three days' rations. You will inform yourself as well as possible about the cross-roads between Darbytown and New Market roads, and procure the best guide you can for that part of the country. It might be necessary for you to make use of that knowledge to-morrow.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, December 9, 1864.

Major General R. F. HOKE,

Commanding, &c.:

You will have your division ready to move at daylight to-morrow morning, with three days' rations. General Kershaw will relieve you at 5 a. m. tomorrow, and you will be in readiness either to re-enforce General Lee or operate against the enemy on this side of the river, as may be decided on. You will infirm yourself as well as possible concerning the cross-roads between the Darbytown and New Market roads, and procure such guides as you can find best informed concerning that part of the country. It may be necessary for you to use this knowledge in the morning against the enemy.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, December 9, 1864.

General R. S. WELL,

Commanding, &c.:

It may be necessary for the troops on this side of the river to operate against the enemy to-morrow morning. In that event you will hold your command in readiness to make a diversion along your front. You had better be under arms at daylight.

O. LATROBE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.