War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0426 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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appears not to have effected much. General Gregg is ordered to cover the destruction of the railroad and picket the left. The working party is about a mile south of this point, the Blick house. The commander of the division should take the direction of the destruction of the road. That party belongs to the quartermaster's department.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

August 23, 1864-11.30 a.m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

General Gregg was directed to send Spear's brigade to your division on the railroad, instead of the regiment of cavalry with it this morning. General Gregg's instructions of 10 a.m. have just been modified. He is now directed to concentrate his division at Reams' Station and hold that point and picket to Warren's left and also to your division,destroying the railroad. General Miles need not therefore leave any force to hold Reams' Station. Colonel Spear's brigade will continue with Miles.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

August 23, 1864-12. 10 p.m.

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have just received your dispatch of 11.30. General Miles' division will be sent at once to comply with the order. I have sent some messengers to see what is wrong with the telegraph wire.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

August 23, 1864-7 p.m.

General HUMPHREYS:

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I inclose a communication received from Colonel Spear, together with General Warren's note inclosing it. I have directed General Barlow, if Colonel Spear holds the field as is stated, to have the rebel dead counted. This communication was received at 6.15 p.m.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS,

August 23, 1864-5.30 p.m.

General HANCOCK:

I telegraph you a dispatch just received from Colonel Spear, with my reply. Some prisoners he sends in say when they left they, the enemy, were falling back.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.