War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0340 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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time, I have kept Colonel Spear waiting their arrival. General Gregg's cavalry are now at the Gurley house, and report themselves very tired from marching all night. The working party has not come yet to destroy the railroad. I have sent for Colonel Spear and will see what cavalry he can send with the others and will let all go that I can. Do you wish the cavalry to wait for the working force?

Respectfully,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 20, 1864 - 12 m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

The detachment of railroad men have not arrived.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 20, 1864 - 12.45 p. m.

Major-General WARREN, Commanding Fifth Corps:

The railroad party passed these headquarters on their way to you at 9.30 a. m.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 20, 1864 - 1.30 p. m.

The major-general commanding desires as soon as the railroad party come up that they be put to destroying the road, commencing where you are and working southward; that Colonel Stedman's brigade of cavalry be used to protect them during the operation, and that you send Colonel Spear to feel toward the left as you proposed, he cooperating in the protection of the railroad party when necessary.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 20, 1864 - 1.50 p. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

The following, just sent in by General Willcox, is sent for your information:

James Crowley, of Company A, Twenty-second Regiment of Virginia, Walker's brigade, Heth's division, A. P. Hill's corps, states that he expects we will get out of here before night, because Corsair's [Corse's] division is expected up. This is a full division of Beauregard's troops. He also states that there are heavy guns in strong earth-works on the railroad in front of us.

HARRY LITTLEJOHN,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.