HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, July 17, 1864-8.45 p.m.
There is a good position for a battery at about your center, already prepared. This will sweep our line to the right of it. General Ayres' batteries enfilade your front.
G. K. WARREN,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS, July 17, 1864.
COLONEL: I have just sent up a rebel deserter who says General Field was at work this afternoon clearing away the ground, with a view to making an attack with his division upon our lines somewhere on my right center or right. Possibly (if is done) they may strike General Cutler's front also. He understood that it is to be to-night.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. B. AYRES,
JULY 17, 1864.
Commanding Fifth Corps:
GENERAL: I have the honor to say that I received your note on the line, where I had already ordered four regiments of the First Brigade and another battery. It is reported on my right that the rebels have been moving troops to our left.
R. B. AYRES,
HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTH ARMY CORPS, July 17, 1864.
SIR: I think from what the last prisoner that I sent you says that the enemy will mass opposite Burnside's left. I think we should have a battery on my line.
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, July 17, 1864-9 a.m.
General S. WILLIAMS,
We had the usual amount of picket and mortar firing on our front last night. Three deserters came in early this morning opposite the