War of the Rebellion: Serial 018 Page 0734 OPERATIONS IN N. VA., W. VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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GENERAL:

Colonel Marshall reports that two batteries have come down in the woods on our right, toward the railroad, and two regiments of infantry on the road. If this be so, it will be hot here in the morning.

GEO. W. MORELL,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

Move the infantry and everything behind the crest and conceal the guns. We must hold that place and make it too hot for them. Come the same game over them they do over us, and get your men out of sight.

F. J. PORTER.

General PORTER:

I can move everything our of sight except Hazlett's battery. Griffin is supporting it, and is on its right, principally in the pine bushes. The other batteries and brigades are retired out of sight. Is this what you mean by everything?

GEO. W. MORELL,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

General MORELL:

I think you can move Hazlett's battery, or the most of it, and post him in the bushes with the others, so as to deceive. I would get everything, if possible, in ambuscade. All goes well with the other troops.

F. J. P.

General MORELL:

Tell me what is passing quickly. If the enemy is coming hold to him, and I will come up. Post your men to repulse him.

F. J. PORTER,

Major-General.

General MORELL:

Hold on, if yo can, to your present place. What is passing?

F. J. PORTER.

General MORELL:

The enemy must be in a much larger force than I can see; from the commands of the officers, I should judge a brigade. they are endeavoring to come in our left, and have been advancing. Have also heard noise on left as the movement of artillery. Their advance is quite close.

E. G. MARSHALL,

Colonel thirteenth New York.

[Indorsement.]

General PORTER:

Colonel Marshall reports a movement in front of his left. I think we