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HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, July 27, 1864-9.30 p. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

Is the contingency you desired me to prepare for in your confidential communication last night likely to take place to-morrow morning?

Respectfully,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 27, 1864.

Major-General WARREN:

The contingency referred to is not likely to take place to-morrow morning, nor even to-morrow.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

CONFIDENTIAL.] HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 28, 1864-1.30 p. m.

Major-General WARREN:

GENERAL: It has been decided to attempt an assault of the enemy's lines in front of the Ninth Corps, after exploding the mine. Your part in this work will be co-operating, by the use of all the artillery possible along your line, the holding your corps in readiness to take part in the action, and particularly all available reserve free for the immediate support of Burnside, if necessary. Further instructions will be sent you. The present note is given to General Hunt, chief of artillery, that he may consult with you as to posting the artillery.

Respectfully, &c.,

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 28, 1864-10.45 p. m.

Major-General BURNSIDE,

Commanding Ninth Corps,

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs me to say that, by direction of the lieutenant-general commanding the armies, all artillery firing, except from field pieces, will cease until further orders, and the heavy pieces will be concealed from the view of the enemy.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

[For orders from headquarters Army of the Potomac, of July 29, 1864 (here omitted), see Appendix K, to proceedings of Court of Inquiry, p. 134.]

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, July 29, 1864-4 p. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have received the programme order for operations to-morrow. I think the minimum of troops that I can depend upon holding my front line with is Griffin's division, which forms a single line of