War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0224 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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White's Tavern from the direction of Fussell's Mill. We hold the ground gained and await orders. I do not consider it advisable to advance farther up this road without connecting with the right of General Birney, which I will endeavor to do and move forward if you direct.

Very respectfully,

NELSON A. MILES,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, August 16, 1864.

General MILES:

The major-general commanding directs me to say that while General Gregg remains in front with you will obey any orders which he may give. General Gregg has been directed not to give up his reconnaissance as long as he considers it safe. He had been advised, however, that if General Birney, has heavy and continuous firing you are to close in toward him.

[F. A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.]

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, August 16, 1864-7.30 p.m.

Colonel T. A. SMYTH,

Commanding Second Division:

COLONEL: The major-general commanding is informed that just previous to 5 this p.m. you informed General Birney that the enemy had been passing to his front with infantry and cavalry for two hours. The major-general commanding desires to be informed exactly what report was made and why it was not made to these headquarters.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

F. A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, August 16, 1864-11 a.m.

General MOTT,

Commanding Third Division:

The major-general commanding directs that the regiment sent last evening to hold the woods near the bridge-head be recalled and rejoin your division.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, August 16, 1864-1.50 p.m.

General MOTT:

The signal officer reports that the enemy are still passing troops quietly away along from your front, and have taken away two guns out