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HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, June 18, 1864.

Brigadier-General AYRES,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you take up the position mentioned by you to-day, the best one your means will afford, and look out well to your left flank. Headquarters to-night will be the large house not far from the railroad.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

JUNE 18, 1864.

General AYRES:

I have sent you word about your troops, but you can make such disposition of them as you choose. The cavalry will continue on your left.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

JUNE 18, 1864.

General WARREN:

GENERAL: General Crawford has pushed out vedettes about half a mile, until they reached the enemy's works and found nothing. He is advancing his line, but thinks there is nothing but a skirmish line moving out on his right. The enemy are reported about half a mile in his front.

I am, general &c.,

E. B. COPE,

Captain,&c.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, June 18, 1864-3 a.m.

[Brigadier-General CRAWFORD:]

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that as soon as you have established communication with him, you put your skirmishers inside of those breast-works, and also inside of the houses that are there.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. S. MARVIN, Jr.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, June 18, 1864-7.35 a.m.

[General WARREN:]

GENERAL: The enemy has retired his line opposite our left, so as now [to be] almost in a perpendicular direction to the woods, in our front yesterday. He holds on the his right. From the left of my picket-line can be seen his intrenched line, apparently of some strength. I am swinging around very much on the left. The connection is well kept up with the Ninth Corps, but on the left there is nothing. I am still advancing, driving the enemy's skirmishers.

Very respectfully,

S. W. CRAWFORD.