War of the Rebellion: Serial 080 Page 0150 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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if it is practicable that you make an attack in that direction. Prisoners say there are but three divisions in the works, and but one line of intrenchments, thinly filled with their troops.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

A dispatch just going to Wilson to make a lodgment on the Weldon railroad and move up along it to the enemy's right flank.

31.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

July 30, 1864-6.40 a.m.

General HUMPHREYS:

I have all my troops on my right except General Crawford's. I have sent him your dispatch, with directions to do whatever he can on the left with Baxter's brigade and half of Lyle's. Do you mean for me to move Ayres in that direction? The enemy have a 30-pounder battery on the main ridge in my front behind their first line. We cannot make out what this second line is.

Respectfully,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

32.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 30, 1864-7 a.m.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

What about attacking the enemy's right flank near the lead-works with that part of your force nearest to it?

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

33.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 30, 1864-7.30 a.m.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

Your dispatch respecting attacking the enemy's extreme right received. The commanding general will await General Crawford's reconnaissance before determining whether you should send Ayres also in that division.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

34.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

July 30, 1864-7.50 a.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

I have just returned from the scene of General Burnside's operations. In my opinion the battery of one or two guns to the left of General Burnside should be taken before attempting to seize the crest. It