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Numbers 4.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY IN THE FIELD,

Petersburg, May 11, [1862]-5.30 p. m.

Brigadier-General SCHENCK, Franklin:

Dispatch Numbers 2 received. If you can fall back in safety, do so until you reach us. If not, hold the place, improving its natural defenses by abatis, barricades, and the like. Every exertion will be made to arrive in time with our entire force.

ALBERT TRACY,

Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

Numbers 3.] FRANKLIN, May 11, 1862.

(Received 7 p. m.)

Colonel TRACY:

We check them as yet, but I think they are trying a flank movement over the hill on our right.

Your Numbers 3 is received, but as yet it seems better to hold this position than to fall back.

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Brigadier-General.

Numbers 4.] FRANKLIN, May 11, 1862.

(Received 7 p. m.)

Colonel TRACY:

Come up as rapidly as possible. We will hold them back, I trust. Rely on ever exertion. Firing has ceased, but I believe the are feeling for a way around into the turnpike. They would thus come on Milroy's left flank, but I have warned him, and he will be ready for them. I hold the south side of the position; Milroy the left. March fast and you may come on the rebel rear. Have you marched? Give me the hour of each telegram. How soon can you get here?

ROBT. C. SCHENCK,

Brigadier-General.

Numbers 5.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY IN THE FIELD,

Petersburg, May 11, 1862-8 o'clock.

Brigadier-General SCHENCK, Franklin:

The condition of the troops on arriving here was such that we cannot leave before 3 in the morning. If, therefore, you cannot fall back with safety, defend and hold the place. You will be supported. We shall make ever exertion to arrive in time. Answer, and let us know during the night how you get on. We shall have an operator with us along the road, and shall be in constant communication with you. At what do you estimate the enemy's force?

[ALBERT TRACY,?

Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General.

Numbers 5.] FRANKLIN, May 11, 1862.

Colonel ALBERT TRACY:

Your 5 received. No firing since dark. We do not know the rebels are about, but will keep ready and watchful. I expect to hold