War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0414 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

May 5, 1864-12.45 p.m.

Major-General WARREN, Commanding Fifth Corps:

General Getty is at the crossing of the Brock road. He is skirmishing with the enemy's infantry there, and extending his right toward you-that is, toward the cross-road on which you are. He knows your position on that road.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

MAY 5, 1864-2.15 p.m.

COMMANDING OFFICER FIFTH CORPS:

General Ricketts has been ordered to report to you and will be up immediately. Hancock is up at Orange plank road and will attack immediately. Getty will be brought to your support, if necessary, as soon as Hancock is ready. Hancock will endeavor to connect with your left. Regiment of cavalry is sent.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

MAY 5, 1864-3 p.m.

COMMANDING OFFICER FIFTH CORPS:

General Wright has connected with General Robinson's right; Ricketts will be put in position to support both.

A. A. HUMPHREYS.

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

May 5, 1864. (Received 4 p.m.)

Major-General WARREN, Commanding Fifth Corps:

General Getty is ordered to attack up the Orange plank road. General Hancock to attack with him, one division on his right the other on his left. The major-general commanding directs that you make dispositions to renew the attack if practicable. General Hancock has just been heard from and will soon attack. The major-general commanding will send you directions when to attack.

A. A. HUMPHREYS.

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

You will have one brigade of Ricketts',besides Robinson and Crawford, who have not been engaged.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS,

May 5, 1864-5.45 p.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: Our signal officers report a heavy column of the enemy's infantry moving in a field this side of the plank road and going toward General Hancock.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRED. T. LOCKE.

Assistant Adjutant-General.