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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, August 16, 1864-8 p.m.

Major-General BIRNEY,

Commanding Tenth Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires to be informed whether Colonel Craig's brigade, of the Third Division, Second Corps, was engaged in the assault this p.m.*

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

August 16, 1864.

The following movements of the troops will be made: The picket-line will advance, driving the enemy's skirmishers back, and General Terry will try to turn the enemy's left, attacking with his entire division if necessary. Colonel Craig, commanding brigade, Second Corps, will report for orders to General Terry, and the forces under Brigadier-General Birney will be held in readiness to support General Terry as he vacates the high ground, and also to hold it and support the batteries.

By order of General Birney:

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, August 16, 1864.

Brigadier-General TERRY:

Please report progress and explain the cause of the delay in executing the movement.

By order of Major-General Birney:

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

The major-general commanding is aware that there is a continuous line of works covering Richmond, but thinks it probable they are not strongly manned. It is of the greatest importance to ascertain how this is. The Second Corps is awaiting your attack to attack also.

Respectfully,

ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, August 16, 1864.

Brigadier-General TERRY:

The major-general commanding directs me to say that your report of progress is satisfactory. He desire you to push your movement with alacrity and to use you entire division if, in your opinion, advisable.

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*For answer, see 8.45 p.m., Part I, p. 678.

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