War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0172 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS OUTPOSTS,

McCann's House, August 14, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report all quiet on my lines. At a point two miles from my right the enemy has advanced his lines about sixty rods.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. W. LEWIS,

Colonel Third New York Cavalry, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

August 14, 1864-5 a. m.

General GRANT:

At this moment not more than half of the troops have landed from the steamers. We have been working all night. It will be 9 o'clock before all of the corps are disembarked. The cavalry are across. I ordered General Birney to attack at daylight, but I have since ordered him to defer it until we are ready here unless he has commenced it. I have not heard his firing yet.

I am, sir, very respectfully,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

August 14, 1864-8.15 a. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

City Point:

GENERAL: General Birney has driven in the enemy's pickets, capturing, he says, about 100. I have sent to have them questioned. Two of my divisions are now advancing. General Birney's present line is the Kingsland road. He will advance with my troops.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

August 14, 1864-8.25 a. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT,

City Point:

GENERAL: I telegraphed you at 5 a. m., but I am informed that one mile and a half of the telegraph line was knocked down last night. My telegram was to the effect that not more than one-half of my troops were disembarked at that hour (5 a. m.) and that I had directed General Birney to suspend his attack until I sent him further orders. At this hour two divisions are disembarked and about one-half of the third.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding Second Corps.