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[CHAP. XLI.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD CORPS,

November 30, 1863.

General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

Carr's division has joined me. General Carr states that General Warren told him he intended to keep Prince's division.

FRENCH,

General.

ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, November 30, 1863.

(Received 7.30 p.m.)

Major-General FRENCH, Commanding Third Corps:

The other division of your corps has been ordered to return, and must be on its way, if nor near you.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

November 30, 1863-8.40 p.m.

GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires to have your opinion upon the practicability of carrying the enemy's intrenchments, so far as they are known to you, within the limits of the front of your command. Please reply immediately.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

(To commanders of First, Third, Fifth, and Sixth Army Corps.)

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

November 30, 1863-9.05 p.m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General:

In reply to your 8.45, this p.m., I have the honor to report that since dark I have not been able to obtain the information that I desire concerning the topography of the other side of the stream. I will be enabled to answer the note more satisfactorily on receiving from division commanders the information already sent for.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN NEWTON,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,

November 30, 1863-11 p.m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

GENERAL: The papers inclosed are the answers of my division commanders* to an inquiry as to the nature of the ground in their respective fronts. I regard any attempt to storm as hopeless, unless the troops can be massed near the point of attack without the knowledge of the enemy, and unless strongly supported on both right and left. The works of the enemy in my immediately front appear to be

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*Only Cutler's report found.

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