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rank alternately, being careful to reserve their fire for the line of battle. One good volley well put in will render the enemy's line powerless. Where the firing continues and few bullets come back, the firing must cease and their skirmish line advanced.

III. Each regiment will detail five men to relieve those chopping and slashing at the timber in our front. Colonel Bowerman's detail will include one sergeant. They will report at these headquarters.

By command of Colonel Dushane:

J. BANKERD,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 20, 1864. (Received 3.40 p. m.)

Lieutenant-Colonel LOCKE:

SIR: I have extended the rifle-pits from the left of the batteries to the little ravine. Does the general wish to have the line extended farther to the left on the next ridge? General Ayres thinks it is intended to cover that ground with the batteries near the railroad.

Very respectfully,

L. CUTLER,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

August 20, 1864 - 9.05 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

General Mott has just reported that the connection with General Warren's right is perfected.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 20, 1864 - 11 a. m.

Major-General PARKE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

The major-general commanding to know where your picket-line on the left is - where it connects with General Warren's, &c. Please describe it so that it may be marked on the maps, or send a map with the line indicated.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 20, 1864 - 11.30 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

I have just arrived. I found your dispatch of 11 a. m. As far as I now know General Warren answered your dispatch.* After leaving the connection with Warren's left, I purpose returning along my line from Warren's right.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

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* See 11.20 a. m., p.339.

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