War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0462 Chapter LIV. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 24, 1864-2.30 p. m.

Major-General ORD,

Commanding Eighteenth Corps:

Major-General Meade telegraphs that a division of the Tenth Corps was yesterday ordered to your support and will be hurried up. General Mott will co-operate with you as far as possible in the event of your being attacked.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS,

August 24, 1864.

Major-General MEADE:

The following additional report has just been received from Colonel Roberts:

The troops report as having stacked arms in line opposite my brigade front have withdrawn their right somewhat to week shelter in the adjoining woods from the sells thrown by our batteries. There are two stand of colors visible along the stack and the men are building fires as if preparing their meal.

From the above it does appear probable that the enemy are massing in my front with a view to attack.

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General.

(Forward to Lieutenant-General Grant.)

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 24, 1864-4.30 p. m.

Major-General ORD,

Commanding Eighteenth Corps:

At what time will your second line probably be ready for occupation by your troops?

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

August 24, 1864-5.40 p. m.

General HUMPHREYS:

If you mean by my second line the redoubts in my front, they will not be finished in four days' hard work, 400 men day and night.

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH CORPS,

August 24, 1864-12 m.

General BUTLER:

If you can send me a division, or a brigade at least, of General Birney's command it will be very acceptable. I have just learned from