War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0440 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

August 23, 1864-12.40 o'clock.

Will General Ord meet General Birney and myself at his headquarters at 5 p.m.? We will endeavor to be punctual.

B. F. BUTLER,

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

August 23, 1864

General BUTLER:

I will be at General Birney's headquarters at 5 o'clock, as your request.

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

August 23, 1864

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

General Butler sent for me to meet him at General Birney's at 5 p.m., and I am about leaving. General Carr will be notified if anything occurs.

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS,

August 23, 1864.

Brigadier General J. B. CARR,

Commanding Division:

GENERAL: General Mott thinks that some move is going on in his front. As it is possible that the enemy are massing for an attack upon the trenches in that quarter (Mott is next to our left) you will have your reserves under arms at daylight this morning. Notify your division to be on the alert. Send staff officers along the different portions of your line to keep you informed of any move of the enemy, and prepare by every means to repel and attack.

By order of Major-General Ord:

S. S. SEWARD,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

August 23, 1864.

Brigadier General J. B. CARR,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that you withdraw one-fourth of the men in trenches to give them rest. This in addition to those already out, who will relieve them in trenches as far as possible; the whole force to be stretched out so as to make the line continuous and