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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, August 15, 1864.

General GREGG,

Commanding, &c.:

General Hancock directs me to advise you that General Birney has sent a brigade, under conduct of Captain Briscoe, aide-de-camp, to try to strike the Charles City road from the Central. The major-general commanding has sent you a brigade of infantry, well commanded, to be followed by more if necessary.

Your obedient servant,

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, August 15, 1864.

General GREGG,

Commanding Second Division Cavalry:

GENERAL: I wish you would be careful that the enemy do not deceive you with dismounted cavalry. If that brigade gets to the Charles City road I wish you would press forward so as to relieve them, as I wish General Birney to make an attack as soon as he can find a hole in their lines. I therefore desire that you should press the enemy well back on the Charles City road, looking our well at the same time for your right. I have since received your dispatch stating that your dismounted cavalry have the Charles City road.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CAVALRY DIVISION, August 15, 1864.

Colonel STEDMAN,

Commanding First Brigade:

COLONEL: The enemy's infantry have attacked Colonel Gregg's pickets in force. I send you this information for your guidance. The general has not yet returned.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. TAYLOR,

Major and Division Inspector.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND BRIGADE, August 15, 1864-2.10 p.m.

Brigadier-General GREGG:

GENERAL: A prisoner from W. H. Fitzhugh Lee's division just brought in. They crossed the James this morning at daylight. The Eighth and Thirteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, in connection with the infantry, are driving them, and are now nearly to Deep Creek.

Very respectfully,

J. IRVIN GREGG,

Colonel, Commanding Brigade.