War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0576 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter XLVIII.

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CIRCULAR.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, No. 40. May 9, 1864-12 p.m.

Division commanders will make sure to have their commands prepared for any demonstration of the enemy by daylight. It is designed, also, to force the enemy's pickets back to his line of battle, and ascertain its location, and early preparations will be made accordingly to advance when ordered.

By command of Major-General Warren:

A. S. MARVIN, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

P. S.-The Richmond papers report General Butler's command to be within 10 miles of Richmond, on the south side.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS, May 9, 1864.

ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL FIFTH CORPS:

I send a battle-flag taken last night by a detachment of the Twenty-second Massachusetts, under command of Captain Field. About 50 prisoners were reported as having been taken. Sent in last night.

CHAS. GRIFFIN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS, May 9, 1864-10 a.m.

General WARREN:

GENERAL: I shall have the Third Brigade and a portion of the First available in case of need, and two lines along my entire front.

CHAS. GRIFFIN,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTH ARMY CORPS, May 9, 1864.

Captain MARVIN:

SIR: The officer of my picket-line reports the pickets connected with both Griffin and Crawford. My center is being straightened up. A brigade of Crawford's men went out, as General Crawford says, without [orders], and ran into the center of my line, and have got into confusion there. As soon as we can get them out of the way I shall be all right. I don't believe the works reported to General Rice amount to much, as I have sent men out a long distance beyond the pickets.

L. CUTLER,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, May 9, 1864-6.30 a.m.

Major-General SEDGWICK,

Commanding Sixth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you extend your pickets well to the left, and have them so close to the enemy as to