War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0669 Chapter XLVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.- UNION.

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HDQRS. THIRD Brigadier, FIRST DIV., FIFTH CORPS,

May 12, 1864 - 7.20 a. m.

[Captain C. B. MERVINE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:]

CAPTAIN: I have pushed my skirmishers on the right of the line to the Massaponax without resistance. In my front, however, I find a strong line. The cavalry outposts and patrols seem to be very vigilant on the road leading in upon our right flank.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOS. J. BARTLETT,

Brigadier-General.

MAY 12, 1864.

[General G. K. WARREN:]

GENERAL: My line advanced to the edge of the woods and a short distance beyond, when a fire of canister and musketry opened upon them and drove them back. My line is just in edge of the woods. When Cutler advances I will charge again.

Very respectfully,

S. W. CRAWFORD,

Brigadier-General.

MAY 12, 1864 - 9.30 a. m.

Brigadier-General CRAWFORD:

The orders are peremptory to charge the enemy's entrenchments at once with all your force. Do it. It is but a repetition of my orders.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

May 12, 1864 - 10.30 a. m.

General CRAWFORD:

I have sent you word if you cannot assault, to send out to me Colonel Coulter's brigade. Hold your line with the Pennsylvania Reserves.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

Do not fail to advance with General Cutler, if he does. He reports the right of his line passing over your troops.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS,

May 12, 1864 - 10.45 a. m.

[General G. K. WARREN:]

GENERAL: My line now occupies its old position. Coulter's brigade has returned to its position. The battery I reported to you as being established on my right, would enfilade so completely the