War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0126 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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engaged in the movement. This will be done in concert between the two corps. The commanding general desires that advantage be taken of the information gained to-day to advance the picket-line beyond its former position, holding as far in front as practicable, and improving the line in every way that the ground admits of.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

(Same to General Parke, commanding Ninth Corps.)

OFFICIAL.] HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS.

Furnished for the information of division commanders, who will please endeavor to gain all the information possible by the advance of the picket-line.

By command of Brigadier-General Crawford:

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

October 8, 1864 - 1.20 p. m.

General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: My line has no connection with the Second Corps on the right in front of Fort Howard. I have ordered a regiment to support that flank. Will the Second Corps connect? Yours of 1 p. m. just received. I can establish the picket-line in a much better position than it held before the reconnaissance. Nothing later from the left.

S. W. CRAWFORD,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 8, 1864 - 1.50 p. m. (Sent 2 p. m.)

Brigadier-General CRAWFORD,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

Colonel Collis, with all the infantry at headquarters, was sent to Fort Howard and ordered to report to you. General Hancock will be informed at once that you have advanced your picket-line and will be directed to connect with it.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

October 8, 1864 - 2.15 p. m. (Sent 3 p. m.)

Brigadier-General CRAWFORD,

Commanding Fifth Corps:

Have you obtained any information to-day as to what divisions and brigades of the enemy are in your front or are present on the south side of the Appomattox? The commanding general wishes to have all the information upon that subject as soon as practicable.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.