War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0498 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 7, 1864-6.30 a. m.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you communicate with General Burnside and exchange Colonel Marshall's command for General Cutler's, if the change in the positions of these troops can be made without serious inconvenience.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, May 7, 1864-6.20 a. m.

General HUMPHREYS:

The artillery firing this morning was at the enemy's line of skirmishers, which pushed down the pike to near our entrenchments and fired a few shots. Shall I not have Griffin drive them back?

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General of Volunteers.

General H.:

Dispatch concerning Colonel Marshall received. I will ascertain about this change at once. I think at present we need more troops at this point if they can be spared from General Hancock.

G. K. W.

MAY 7, 1864-6.45 a. m.

COMMANDING OFFICER FIFTH CORPS:

Certainly. Drive the enemy's skirmishers back. Hold as much ground in your front as you can with your skirmishers.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

MAY 7, 1864-[7 a. m.].

COMMANDING OFFICER FIFTH CORPS:

Dispatch just received from General Sedgwick, who states that the enemy's infantry are advancing up the plank road, and has opened on him with a battery.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 7, 1864.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Army Corps:

General Sedgwick reports from General Ricketts that the enemy are moving down the pike in force, and that his line there is thin. The major-general commanding directs that you re-enforce it temporarily should it be needed. General Sedgwick is directed to re-enforce there from Getty.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.