War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0280 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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day afternoon that not to be alarmed, they were going to shell the negroes. The casualties have not been reported in full. I think, however, they will be slight.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 18, 1864-12.15 p. m.

Major-General PARKE:

I am instructed to inform you that Major-General Warren had reached the Weldon railroad near Blick's house about 10 o'clock this morning and is making a reconnaissance in force on the enemy's right flank, with directions if he finds a favorable opportunity to try and carry their lines and gain the main ridge in rear of their front. The troops and prompt reports of any changes or movements on the part of the enemy that be observed, and that you be prepared, in the event of General Warren attacking the enemy's lines, to aid him by every means in your power and for such operations as the commanding general may find it desirable to undertake.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

(Same to General Ord.)

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 18, 1864-1.45 p. m.

Major-General PARKE, Commanding Ninth Corps:

General Warren, in a dispatch dated 11 a. m., from the the Blick house, stated that the should throw out pickets to connect with yours. The commanding general directs that you throw forward that part of your picket-line where it is refused from the enemy and bring, to up in the presence of the enemy's pickets, and connect with Warren's pickets.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH CORPS,

August 18, 1864-2.10 p. m. (Received 3 p. m.)

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

Dispatch of 1.45 received and its provisions will be carried out. I presume there are no maps that show the blick house or upon which Warren's position may be indicated .

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 18, 1864.

Major-General PARKE:

Yes; the Blick house is down on the maps. Warren was near the Blick house at a house called Flowers' when he last reported, at 11 o'clock. He must have advanced considerably from that since. I will ask Duane to send you at once a copy of map containing the houses named.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.