War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0272 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

Gurley House, August 18, 1864-7 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The head of my column is closing up and forming here as near as we can to the enemy's vedettes without his observation. As soon as I am well in hand and prepared to follow up rapidly I shall advance. There has been nothing to report this morning. Our cavalry here have no information except that the enemy's pickets last night told them they were to be relieved this morning. The two regiments of cavalry are so distributed on picket that none of them will be available until I can drive away the enemy had relieve those to the right of us.

Respectfully,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

GURLEY HOUSE, August 18, 1864-8.20 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

My arrangements are made and my line is now advancing. I will report as soon as anything occurs. The cavalry pickets retire.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 18, 1864-9 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: Our advance encountered nothing but cavalry, and captured some of them from the Seventh Confederate. My troops have reached the railroad and cut the telegraph wire. The intense heat causes many men to fall out.

Respectfully,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 18, 1864-10 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have two divisions up and nearly formed. Marching to-day is very slow, and there are a great many cases of sunstroke. I am pushing out in every direction to make myself secure in my information. As soon as I am prepared, will move up the railroad. I am now at the place on the west of the railroad marked on the map as Blick.

Respectfully,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.