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road, and then we shall have to fight in that direction. A comparatively small slashing and breast-work only is required to enable us to close our lines on that side. I wish to put all the axes I have with the men of the reserve force early in the morning to make it. I have already determined it is to be. Captain Cope will report to General Griffin at 4 o'clock in the morning to direct any working party that General Griffin may furnish.

Respectfully,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General, Commanding.

(Same to General Ayres.)

CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS,

August 25, 1864.

Brigade commanders will hold their commands in readiness to move at 4 o'clock to-morrow morning. The slashing parties will assemble at headquarters First Brigade at 4 o'clock to-morrow morning. All provost guards and pioneer parties will be held ready to put behind the breastworks in case of an action. A staff officers from these headquarters will be at First Brigade headquarters to give direction to any working parties.

By command of Brigadier-General Griffin:

W. S. DAVIS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 25, 1864-11 a. m.

General AYRES:

GENERAL: Will you have the picket-line of General Bragg's brigade replaced by those present under you command.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 25, 1864-2.40 p. m.

General AYRES:

Please send out at once and relieve General Willcox's pickets. His division is all wanted in reserve.

Respectfully,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 25, 1864.

I sent out the men according to this order. General Potter had already relieved the pickets of Willcox. As my line runs around the palisades it is very long. Shall I relieve the pickets sent out by General Potter?

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. B. AYRES.

Brigadier-General.