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Bridge road. He desires a demonstration against the enemy on my part, which I shall make at once. He has called on me for a garrison for the works at the lower bridge, which I shall furnish, but which will necessarily make my demonstration somewhat weaker. My casualties on the 26th and 27th were about fifty.

R. S. FOSTER,

Brigadier-General.

(Same to General Birney.)

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, July 28, 1864-1.30 p.m.

Brigadier-General FOSTER,

Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to say that he does not think it necessary that the garrison of the works by the lower bridge should be very large, as he has a great deal of artillery in position there, which will be nearly sufficient to hold the place.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

DEEP BOTTOM, July 28, 1864-2.15 p.m.

Major-General BIRNEY:

I am pushing the enemy's pickets, as directed by General Hancock. Major Ludlow, of General Butler's staff, was here a few moments since, direct from General Hancock's headquarters, and said he did not think General Hancock would attack to-day. This is all the information I have regarding his intentions.

R. S. FOSTER,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, July 28, 1864.

General FOSTER,

Commanding:

I approve of your course. You cannot attack without General Hancock does.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, Hatcher's, Va., July 28, 1864.

Brigadier General H. W. BIRGE,

Commanding Brigade, Nineteenth Army Corps:

GENERAL: I am instructed by Major-General Birney to say, in reply to your telegram of this morning, that he is not mistaken as to the time when your command should have moved. The order was explicit for you to move with your command immediately and cross the pontoon