War of the Rebellion: Serial 069 Page 0060 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS BRIGADE HEAVY ARTILLERY, Madison's, May 21, 1864-9 p. m.

[General WARREN:]

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that I have reached this place with my command, and have taken up my position as below. My force is quite insufficient to hold the position against a determined attack, as this country is entirely open. I am throwing up a rail barricade (having no tools), and will hold on as long as possible. I would ask, general, that when it can be done with propriety, my command be allowed some time to rest, as we have been doing picket duty so constantly that officers and men are completely exhausted. If I can find any cattle here I will appropriate them as you suggest.

Respectfully,

J. HOWARD KITCHING.

(Map.)

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS, May 21, 1864. (Received 5.30 a. m.)

Major-General HUMPHREYS;

At 2 a. m., the rebel bugles in front of the Third Division were blown. At 3 their drums beat and they began moving toward their right, apparently moving artillery, wagons, and cattle. The sound of the movement passed first along the line form their left toward

the right, and then appeared to be toward their rear. They were chopping during the night in front of our extreme left. This is the report of the officer in charge of the Third Division pickets. He says he would have reported earlier, but that he did not ascertain the facts definitely for some time, as the sounds were a good deal

confused.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General.

SIXTH CORPS, May 21, 1864-7.10 a. m.

General HUMPHREYS:

The general officer of the day reports that since sending report this morning he had discovered that the rebel picket-line in front of