War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0132 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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him believe that we intend to attack. Instructions will be sent at once to Generals Griffin and Ayres to have their supports close at hand. Should our skirmish line in their forward movement become in danger of being overpowered it will at once halt. Keep the general commanding informed of what is going on.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

October 8, 1864 - 1.20 p. m.

Brigadier-General AYRES,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: You will at once advance your troops, take possession of the Davis house, driving the enemy from it, and establish your picket-line there, so as to straighten your line with General Griffin on your left.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS,

October 8, 1864. (Received 2 p. m.)

Lieutenant-Colonel LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Fifth Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to reply to your note that my skirmish line is on a line with the W. Davis house, as far forward as is judicious to send it. The enemy have a line of infantry sufficient, in connection with their artillery, to make a strong fight.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. B. AYRES,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

October 8, 1864.

Brigadier-General AYRES,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note respecting your skirmish line. In reply, I am directed by the general commanding to say that it is satisfactory, and that you need not proceed any farther. He desires you to establish your picket-line in advance of where it was last night, selecting for the purpose some good ground and making good your connection right and left. Please report any information you may have gained with respect to the enemy and his position and works. Prisoners received state that their picket-line was not allowed to be relieved this morning, but that the relief and the old detail remained in the pits in your front.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.