War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0502 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, May 7, 1864.

Brigadier-General GRIFFIN,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you relieve the engineer troops as quickly as you can by troops of your own command. Tell Captain Mendell to come here at once with his command, and have Colonel Spaulding follow with his men as soon as he is relieved. The major-general commanding directs you to take command of that front.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS, May 7, 1864-8.20 a.m.

Colonel LOCKE:

In reply to the number of lines I have in my front, I would state that if the heavy artillery leaves there will be one line only for a front of six regiments. The balance of the command has two lines.

CHAS. GRIFFIN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

WILDERNESS, [May 7, 1864.]

General GRIFFIN:

I have sent an officer to bring the portion of Baxter's brigade that was behind the breast-works here to me if you have relieved them, or as soon as you have relieved them.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

MAY 7, 1864-2.30 p.m.

Colonel LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Commanding officer of the Sixteenth Michigan, on picket, reports that the line is nearly at the open field and that the enemy has withdrawn one of the flank batteries. The skirmish line of the enemy is very heavy.

CHAS. GRIFFIN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS, May 7, 1864-4 p.m.

Brigadier-General GRIFFIN:

A brigade of the Fourth Division has been sent to relieve the heavy artillery brigade, which is wanted with the Reserve Artillery. An officer of my staff has been sent to direct the change in person, and the commander of the new brigade is authorized to receive your orders.

By command:

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.