War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0452 Chapter LIV. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 24, 1864-5 p. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

I have sent out Major Roebling to lay off the redoubt, but upon investigation I find that it will be difficult for me to work on it to-night. My men are all at work draining, building batteries, and repairing roads that I have tools for. I can afford protection to any other working party, however. The value of this ground demands attention, and I am having it done as fast as possible.

G. K. WAREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 24, 1864-5.30 p. m.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

Major General is ordered to send out intrenching tools for the redoubt, &c. General Parke will furnish some working party if he can well do so, upon your notifying him.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS,

August 24, 1864-9 p. m.

General HUMPHREYS:

I have received your report of the signal officer.* This force may be only working parties going out. All the prisoners I sent to-day say they are working on new line all along. I feel certain if they have gone out it is to interfere with General Hancock. They cannot do anything with me here.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

[August 24, 1864]-9.10 p. m.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

The columns were too strong for working parties, probably 8,000 or 10,000 strong. More probably after Hancock than after you.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 24, 1864-9.20 p. m.

General HUMPHREYS:

My signal officer has a good station to see about the lead-works, but, unfortunately, he left there about 5 p. m. Up to that time he had

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*See Humphreys to Hancock, 8.20 p. m., p. 449.

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