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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

May 5, 1864-1.30 p.m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

Dispatches sent by your aide to the effect that the enemy have the Orange plank road nearly to the intersection of the Brock road. Getty is there, but not strong enough to attack. Attack them; Getty will aid you. Griffin has been pushed back by the enemy somewhat on the Orange Court-House pike. Warren's left, General Crawford, was within a mile of Parker's Store, but he may be drawn in or be driven in. Push out on the plank road and connect with Warren.

A. A. HUMPHREYS.

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

May 5, 1864-2.15 p.m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

Commanding Second Corps:

Wadsworth's division, on Griffin's left, has been driven in, and Crawford's division has been called in so that his line is thrown back considerably. His left must be more than a mile in rear of where it was before. Its exact position is not reported yet; will send you word as soon as it is known.

A. A. HUMPRHEYS

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

MAY 5, 1864-2.30 p.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

I have just informed you that Gibbon's division is on its way to re-enforce Warren. The rest of Hancock's force is disposed as follows: At "A."* on the Catharpin road, is a brigade pushed forward to reconnoiter. When last heard from a battery had opened on him from the other side of Corbin's Bridge, which he had driven off. There is a regiment at "B", on the Brock road. The general line of the corps is indicated by the pencil line extending in front of Todd's Tavern from the Brock road to the Spotsylvania road.

E. R. PLATT,

Major, &c.

HDQRS. SECOND CORPS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

May 5, 1864-2.40 p.m.

General HUMPHREYS:

Your dispatches of 12 m, and 1.30 p.m. just received. I am forming my corps on Getty's left, and will order an advance as soon as prepared. The ground over which I must pass is very bad-a

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*Sketch not found. Date of dispatch uncertain.

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