War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0122 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 8, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

In the advance of the Fifth Corps picket there was such a gap made from right to left that General Crawford says it will take 140 men to fill up the gap. It is filled, however, but General Crawford asks me to replace the men, which I submit to you for your decision. You well know what parties, if any, should be called upon to furnish. I had ordered it filled up, but when I sent to have it done found that it had been filled by Fifth Corps.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

October 8, 1864. (Received 4.55 p. m.)

General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

Two deserters from Wise's brigade have just come in. They report nothing new.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 8, 1864.

Major-General HANCOCK, Commanding Second Corps:

Your dispatch relative to space between the Second and Fifth Corps pickets filled by a detail from Fifth Corps is received. I understand from General Crawford's dispatches that this space became open by the advance of his picket-line, and I suppose that if your picket-line was thrown forward correspondingly the vacancy would be filled without any new detail. Is this so, or must an additional number be put on picket, whether your line is advanced or not?

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 8, 1864.

Respectfully referred to Major-General Mott.

The commanding general desires to be informed whether this connection can be properly made by moving forward your left; and, if so, that it will be done without further orders.

By order of Major-General Hancock:

H. H. BINGHAM,

Major, Judge-Advocate and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

October 8, 1864.

Major-General HANCOCK:

I advanced my whole picket-line this morning by orders from General Meade. It will take 140 men to make the connection good between your left and my right. I supplied a portion of the men this morning, and will be glad if you will send the requisite number to relieve the