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lery of the Ninth Corps at the Williams house and can take one of the batteries. As soon as the force reaches the point specified you must communicate to General Hancock, who is at Reams' Station, on the Weldon railroad. Colonel McAllister being the senior, he will take command of the Second Brigade also.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOHN HANCOCK,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 25, 1864-5 p. m.

General MEADE:

Lieutenant Ricketts, of my staff, has just returned from the right of the Second Corps along the railroad. It was all quiet along the road,and but a little skirmishing going on, with an occasional shot from the artillery at Reams' Station.

Respectfully,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 25, 1864-8.15 p. m.

General HUMPHREYS:

Major Roebling has just returned from near Reams' Station, saying that the enemy got in between us and the Second Corps just before dark, so that he could get no news. I have completed my lines so that they are now nearly inclosed. I think no effort could me away.

Your, respectfully,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 25, 1864-9.50 p. m.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you send a staff officer to communicate with General Hancock and ascertain whether he desires re-enforcements, and if he does, that you send General Crawford's division to his support, informing him of the strength of Crawford's division. Parke is similarly direction in respect to White's division. General Hancock is ordered to withdraw to the vicinity of Williams' house, so as to hold the plank road and look toward your left. Please let the staff officer obtain all the information concerning the last attack and the condition of affairs with, and telegraph it here upon his return to your headquarters.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.