War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0226 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 16, 1864-11.15 a.m.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

I am instructed to say that engineers are directed to go on with the work on the entrenchments, and that you will please furnish the details required by them.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 16, 1864-8.15 p.m.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you be prepared to move at 3 a.m. to-morrow. Instructions will be sent you during the night. Major Duane has been ordered to return all working parties.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 16, 1864-9.20 p.m.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you move to-morrow morning at 3 o'clock by way of Strong's house and the shortest road thence to the Weldon railroad near the intersection of the Vaughan road, and if the enemy hold their entrenchments weakly in that vicinity endeavor to carry them and occupy the crest in rear of their first line of works opposite the fronts held by the Ninth and Eighteenth Corps. Information derived from General Hancock to-day shows two brigades of Mahone's division to the north of the James, and the signal officer on the plank road observed this evening the troops in the trenches on the enemy's right toward the Weldon railroad vacating the works, and those in our front in the vicinity of the plank road being relieved and moving out. This indicates that but three divisions of the enemy hold their entrenchments south of the Appomattox. General Kautz will be ordered to concentrate his cavalry somewhere near the plank road and prevent Fitzhugh Lee's division of cavalry coming in on your rear. Keep the commanding general advised of your progress and of everything important.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 16, 1864-10.15 p.m.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

In sending you the instructions for to-morrow I have anticipated the action of the commanding general. They are suspended until further notice.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.