War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0667 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.- UNION.

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if possible, and press forward your skirmishers where it is possible. Hancock has taken prisoners nearly all of Johnson's division, including the generals. Let the men know it.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

P. S.- Get possession of the enemy's entrenchment as soon as possible. I think he must eventuate it in your front. What I mean is, find out as soon as possible. If he does, press your skirmishers up to it.

G. K. W.

(Copy to other division commanders.)

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

May 12, 1864 - 6.30 a. m.

We may expect an order to advance our line at any moment. Have your troops in readiness to move out in line of battle, preceded by a strong skirmish line, to draw the enemy's fire. Let the main line make the charge after the first volley of the enemy. Send a staff officer to these headquarters to receive the order and convey it direct to you.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General, Commanding.

(To division commanders.)

CIRCULAR,

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS, Numbers 44.

May 12, 1864 - 7.15 a. m.

The following news is just received: Hancock's division with 4 general officers, 15 guns, and 4,000 prisoners. The troops should know of the above success of our arms.

By command of Major-General Warren:

A. S. MARVIN, Jr.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPOTSYLVANIA, May 12, 1864 - 12.30 a. m.

General GRIFFIN:

The enemy are falling back on our extreme right. Watch the very first indication of their leaving their entrenchments in front of your skirmishers. Report to me.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS,

May 12. 1864.

Brigadier-General GRIFFIN:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that you fire a few shots with your batteries for a diversion to the attack of the Second Corps.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. S. MARVIN, Jr.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.