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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

August 22, 1864-8.15 a.m.

Major-General ORD,

Commanding Eighteenth Corps:

General Warren reports the enemy gone from his front. His pickets are moving up the railroad; his command will probably follow. The commanding general desires you to caution your command to great vigilance, as possibly the enemy may count upon finding some weak point in our lines.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

[Indorsement.]

Please warn all your brigades accordingly and promptly.

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

August 22, 1864

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

Dispatch as to enemy leaving Warren's front received. They would find my line (I have but one) very thin, but all have been put on the alert. If I am expected to hold this long line against assaulting columns, reserves of artillery and infantry should be sent me without delay. I have but little confidence in my colored regiments, which are nearly depleted of officers from sickness.

ORD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Blick's House, Weldon Railroad, August 22, 1864-3.30 p.m.

Major-General ORD,

Commanding Eighteenth Army Corps:

Your dispatch respecting the need of reserves of artillery and infantry in the event of your front being assaulted is received. The commanding general has no infantry to send you, but you can obtain some artillery by calling on General Hunt. The indications are that if an attack is made it will be directed against the position of General Warren, since a force is apparently being concentrated opposite to it. The commanding general understands that you will shortly be relieved by the Tenth Corps.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, Va., August 22, 1864

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I inclose report as to enemy having a battery which makes one I am directed to occupy, lately of Burnside's front, now untenable. Night before last they smashed things generally, dismounting