War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0451 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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[Indorsement.]

AUGUST 24, 1864-2.45 p. m.

Forward all these to General Meade at City Point.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 24, 1864-1 p. m.

General HUMPHREYS:

I have got two most intelligent boys, Northern, about fourteen years old. They ran out of Petersburg yesterday. They saw General Lee and heard him say to General Hill and other officers that he would get us out of here by Saturday night. These boys say they are now wagoning supplies from Stony Creek Station, via the plank road, to Dinwiddie Court-House; thence by the Stony Creek road, and that all their cavalry are out in that direction. The road along the railroad goes into Petersburg at Halifax Creek; next west comes the Vaughan road-they live on it at Flowers'; then comes the Squirrel Level road; then the plank. They say the rumor in Petersburg yesterday was Early was coming back. They also say there was talk that they might charge our line somewhere east of the Jerusalem road Early gets back. These boys are so intelligent that I send them up to headquarters. They say the people of Petersburg are much frightened; that General Lee told as boy that was shut in the town like themselves, and was crying, that he'd have us out of by last Friday night.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 24, 1864-4.30 p. m.

General GRANT:

I forward the above. I think General Lee meant last Saturday, when he tried and could not get us away. I hope he will try again. Ord seems to think now he will not be attacked.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 24, 1864-4.25 p. m.

Major-General WARREN:

The commanding general directs that you proceed at once to the erection of redoubt at the point indicated in your dispatch to-day. Major Duane is directed to send an engineer officer and some engineer troops to report to you for the purpose.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.