at once, to the support of General Sumner, in case he should need you. He also directs that you communicate the purport of this order to General Sumner.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. J. ALEXANDER,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
[Inclosure No. 8.]
HEADQUARTERS THIRD CORPS, December 13, 1862-11.20 a.m.
By order of General Franklin, received per Captain Starr, you will move your division at once, and cross the lower bridge, as indicated by General Franklin, at the head of which bridge you will meet Captain West, of General Franklin's staff, who will conduct the head of your column to its position. Captain West, it is presumed, has orders from General Franklin what disposition to make of your division. I am directed by General Franklin to report in person to him, at whose headquarters you will find me.
Very respectfully, &c.,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Corps.
[Inclosure No. 9.]
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, GENERAL WILLCOX'S HEADQUARTERS, December 13, 1862-3.40 p.m.
GENERAL: General Couch has sent in word that he has almost carried the heights in front of him. Reports from General Franklin at 2 p.m. that he was doing well, and gaining ground. Willcox has sent forward Sturgis to Couch's support, and, at his suggestion, I have directed Griffin to follow Sturgis, and support him. I have just now received word that Couch has carried the heights, and wants support. I sent Humphreys to re-enforce him [Couch] and push the advantage gained.
Very respectfully, yours,
[Inclosure No. 10.]
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, December 13, 1862-4.10 p.m.
GENERAL: Have just sent Sykes' orders Candler brought to me in front the Telegraph road. Griffin I have had to place to relieve Sturgis, and he is now engaged. In compliance with urgent reports from General Couch, I have sent Humphreys to his support. My command is thus all placed in action. General Couch sent word that his command was falling back, and he must have help; therefore I sent Humphreys.