War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0318 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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have forwarded to General Mott and requested that he do all in this power to re-establish the connection with General Warren. I do not consider that the negro troops are fit for such a service, under the circumstances, but should the commanding general desire it I will direct that a portion of these be employed in this service.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

August 19, 1864 - 9.30 p. m.

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

A deserter has just come in from the line of intrenchments; says he left the enemy's picket-line; belongs to the Forty-eighth North Carolina, Cooke's brigade, Heth's division. Says two brigades of Heth's division have gone down to the Weldon railroad - Walker's and Davis'.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 19, 1864 - 9.50 p. m.

Major-General PARKE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

A dispatch from General Warren, just received, shows that his troops do not occupy the same line as before the fight. He says he will connect his picket-line to-night along the road by Aiken's and straighten up all he can, and if not attacked to-morrow morning will endeavor to re-establish the line of to-day. I sent him your dispatch about his three regiments. Connect your picket-line with his to-night. His troops do not extend to his right farther than the Aiken house unless I misapprehend his dispatch. He does not consider it practicable or desirable to connect his troops with yours to-night and intrench them there.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 19, 1864 - 10.40 p. m.

Major-General PARKE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

Have the last of the troops relieved by Mott's division begun to move to Warren yet? Please report the disposition of the troops holding the intrenchments in your front as soon as it is completed.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 19, 1864 - 10.50 p. m.

Major-General Corps:

A dispatch from Lieutenant-General Grant suggests to the major-general commanding sending Mott's division to General Warren.