War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0488 Chapter LIV. OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C.

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HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, SECOND CORPS,

August 25, 1864-2.15 p. m. (Received 2.30 p. m.)

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have sent the Second and Third Brigades, with the exception of the pickets, numbering about 2,200. They are taken from the square redoubt on the left of the plank road, and all from the left of the plank to the Strong house. I will send some of the First Brigade to occupy the redoubt, and put the engineer troops to connect with General Ferrero it meets your approbation.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. MOTT,

Brigadier-General.

REPLIED.- You have stripped the left too much. Put the supports of the pickets on the left in the intrenchments; halt some part of the force in the large redoubt until the troops you are sending there get to it. The engineer troops will go at once to the intrenchments on the left of the plank road, and will be sufficient to hold them. I will send headquarters guard for a part of your second line.

A. A. HUMPHREYS.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, SECOND CORPS,

August 25, 1864-3.30 p. m.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: Yours of 2.35 p. m. received. I have ordered 250 men from the line on the right of the plank road to occupy the redoubt. A small reserve is in the intrenchments to the left of the plank road, which, with the engineer troops, will, I think be sufficient to hold them.

Will the engineer troops report soon?

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. MOTT,

Brigadier-General.

CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. THIRD DIVISION, SECOND CORPS,

August 25, 1864.

The commanding officers of the Second and Third Brigades will have their commands under arms, ready to move at a moment's notice in any direction, with the exception of their picket-line.

By command of Brigadier-General Mott:

JOHN HANCOCK,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, SECOND CORPS,

August 25, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICE THIRD BRIGADE:

The brigadier-general commanding directs that you take all your available force at once, leading the picket-line, down the plank road to the intersection of the Reams' Station road. Your will find some artil-