HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
August 18, 1864-8 p. m.
You have done very well indeed in getting forward through that difficult country so far. Make yourself as strong as you can and hold on. I will try and re-enforce you by Bragg's brigade in the morning, and establish direct connection with the Ninth corps pickets. We are going to hold on here.
G. K. WARREN,
HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS,
August 18, 1864.
Commanding Fifth Corps:]
GENERAL: I think the corn-field on our right cane carried by a vigorous effort to-morrow, if you should consider it desirable. The enemy will work hard to-night, and indeed was at work on his line when I advanced this afternoon. I have two brigades in line of battle, but the line is not a long one, as the First Brigade lost heavily when its flank was turned early in the action. There is a portion of the line unsupported. I sent the Eighty eighth Pennsylvania to support my right, which I propose to refuse before daylight. If my right is covered a section of artillery can be used to advantage in any attack upon the enemy's position in the corn-field. My loss has been severe in officers and men.
S. W. CRAWFORD,
P. S.- This note was written before yours was received. I am gratified that you are satisfied with the advance made to-day. It was very hard work.
S. W. CRAWFORD,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
August 18, 1864-2.20 a. m.
Is there anything more than cannonading intended by the enemy so far as you can ascertain?
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
(Same to General Ord.)
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,
August 18, 1864-2.30 a. m.
I have sent out to the division commanders. As yet no report. As far as I can judge it has been simply a general cannonading. The reports of musketry continue the same as early in the night. Will forward reports from division commanders as soon as received.
J. G. PARKE,