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HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, NINTH CORPS,

Before Petersburg, Va., August 19, 1864.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

GENERAL: I have the honor to state that i am directed by Major-General Parke, commanding the Ninth Corps, to move my command to your position and report to you for further instructions. My command is now being relieved by other troops, and will be ready to move within tow or three hours. I therefore respectfully request that the bearer, Captain Howe, of my staff, be informed as to the proximate position I am to occupy, in order that the command may be guided there by him.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JULIUS WHITE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 19, 1864 - 3.45 p. m.

Brigadier-General GRIFFIN,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to inform you that the enemy are reported moving down on General Ayres' and Colonel Lyle's front in heavy force. He directs you to at once put your command in readiness to move to the front and keep so until dark.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 19, 1864 - 9 a.m.

Brigadier-General AYRES,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires you to have the timber in front of your line slashed as much as possible, so as to make it as strong as you can, and inform him frequently of the practicability of forcing the enemy's line back. General Willcox's division, 2,000 strong, has arrived to our support. As soon as practicable please send in an approximate list of your casualties.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

P. S. - If you need more axes for slashing purposes let me know.

(Same to General Crawford.)

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 19, 1864 - 9.30 a. m.

General AYRES:

The fact of the enemy leaving his dead on the ground may indicate that he had withdrawn to Petersburg and may have only a thin line in