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relieve over 10,000. After relieving my front with similar numbers to what I have in the trenches General Birney will have a reserve of about 5,000. Can he not station those at or near his rear and let me take Carr's division, 2,800, to relieve Turner's 4,500? As it is I have no force to relieve Turner's division. There will be but little rest for Ames' division if is has to do all the duty on the peninsula.

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General Volunteers.

CITY POINT, VA., August 26, 1864.

Major-General ORD:

You can take any or all of the Eighteenth Corps to relieve the Tenth that may be necessary.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 26, 1864-5.20 a. m.

Major-General ORD,

Commanding Department:

What does the artillery fire mean?

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

August 26, 1864-5.50 a. m.

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

The firing is nothing more than the usual morning firing replied to by our batteries.

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, August 26, 1864.

General HUMPHREYS:

Have you any important news this morning?

E. O. C. ORD,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 26, 1864-9 a. m.

Major-General ORD,

Commanding Department:

Hancock was withdrawn last night to the Williams house. The fight about dusk was very severe. The enemy got into his breast-works at