War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0524 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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SPECIAL ORDERS, WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Numbers 251. Washington, July 27, 1864.

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46. Captain John e. Parsons, assistant adjutant-general of volunteers, will report in person without delay to the commanding general Army of the Potomac, for assignment to duty with the First Brigade, First Division, Fifth Army Corps.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 183. July 27, 1864.

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4. General bartlett will relieve as much of General Ayres' line to-night as he has men to do it with. These latter, on being relieved, will be assembled with the remainder of his reserve. General Ayres will also withdraw to the reserve all his troops not necessary to connect a full line of battle from General Bartlett's to General Cutler's command, leaving, however, his artillery until relieved by other artillery.

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Major command of Major-General Warren:

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

July 27, 1864-10.30 a. m.

General BARTLETT:

The enemy are reported to show infantry in front of our cavalry pickets to the south and southwest of us, either prepared to prevent a movement by us in that direction or, possibly, to make a demonstration against us. i wish you would have everything in readiness throughout the day that can be moved without being observed by the enemy on our front. We may have to re-enforce our left and rear. I propose to make some changes in the disposition of your troops on the front line to-night (if nothing alters my plans during the day) so as to have General Ayres in reserve.

Respectfully,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

(Same to General Ayres.]

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

July 27, 1864-10.30 a. m.

General CRAWFORD:

The cavalry officer reports the enemy's infantry on the plank road near the junction of the road from Reams' Station road is about six miles south of General Baxter. The Gurley