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HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

August 25, 1864-2.30 p. m.

Major-General PARKE:

You will please order Willcox at once move down the plank road and take position on that road at the forks of the road Reams' Station. This is, I believe, near a place called Chay's or Cay's [Shay's] Tavern. There are several roads leading to Reams', but I refer to the first main or practicable road below the Williams house. He can take there batteries with him. Let him communicate and report to Hancock when he arrives there.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 25, 1864-10 p. m. (Received 10.20 p. m.)

Major-General PARKE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

The major-general commanding desires that you send a staff officer to communicate with General Hancock and ascertain if he desire reenforcements, and if he does, that you send White's division to his support. Inform his of its strength. Warren is similarly directed in respect to Crawford's division. General Hancock is ordered to withdraw to the vicinity of the Williams house. Request the staff officer to obtain all the information concerning the last attack and the condition of affairs with Hancock, and telegraph it to these headquarters upon the return of your staff officer.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 25, 1864-10.15 p. m.

Major-General PARKE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

Since my dispatch of 10 p. m. a staff officers has arrived from General Hancock's headquarters. The commanding general directs that you send White's division to Hancock's support at once. Crawford will take command of White's division as well as his own.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

August 25, 1864-10.50 p. m.

General HUMPHREYS:

We have been hearing an unusual amount of picket-firing on our right. Thinking it in front of Ferrero [I sent] to him, but his staff officer [says] it [is] not on his front, but still farther to the right.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.