War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0128 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH CORPS,

October 8, 1864 - 7.45 [a. m.]. (Received 8 a. m.)

General CRAWFORD,

Commanding Fifth Army Corps:

My line is moving on the left. It, of necessity, must move out before my center and right, still I have directed that the connections with your corps be constantly preserved.

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

October 8, 1864 - 11.06 a. m.

Major-General PARKE,

Commanding:

Have you developed any force of the enemy opposite your left? Prisoners taken report Scales' and McGowan's brigades, of Wilcox's division, in my front. Do you propose to advance farther?

S. W. CRAWFORD,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH CORPS,

October 8, 1864 - 11.30 a. m.

General CRAWFORD:

I am advancing my left. The center is far ahead of the rest of my line, and the right keeps pace with your left. I have a deserter this morning from McGowan's brigade.

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

October 8, 1864 - 12.30 p. m.

Major-General PARKE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

The right of my skirmish line has advanced in front of Fort Howard and driven the enemy back to their works, where they seem to be in considerable force. This portion of my line is as far advanced as it can be.

S. W. CRAWFORD,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS,

October 8, 1864.

Major-General PARKE:

GENERAL: The object of the reconnaissance has been accomplished on the right, and I have given orders for the establishment of the picket-line on the right only. Has your left advanced? General Ayres has orders to take the W. Davis house in his front. Please let me know when your line halts and you have accomplished your object, as we must fall back carefully and together.

S. W. CRAWFORD,

Brigadier-General.