War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0134 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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the attack, in case it is necessary to make a more extended attack. The chief of artillery will supply the necessary batteries, in case of an advance. General Ayres will select an officer to advance the picket-line of the whole corps. General Crawford directs me to send you the following order* in regard to the movement.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

EDWARD C. BAIRD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

P. S. - One brigade from each division will support its own picket-line in the advance. Please have the signal officer at his post at day-light this morning, and issue the necessary orders at once to have the above movement effected.

OCTOBER 8, 1864.

Colonel F. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: General Crawford directs me to request you to telegraph General Parke in regard to this movement, and that the whole picket-line will be advanced at 7 o'clock with a brigade from each division in support of its line.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

EDWARD C. BAIRD,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

October 8, 1864 - 8 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

A deserter has just come in from the Twenty-seventh North Carolina, MacRae's brigade; says that he came on picket yesterday evening and would have been relieved to-night; that when he came out all of Heth's division was here, and he thinks two brigades at least of Wilcox. Thinks that if there had been any movement of Heth's division he would have known it.

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

October 8, 1864 - 9.45 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

General Potter is advancing his line; reports the enemy has very materially increased his skirmish line. General Willcox moved out toward Hawks'. His advance within 400 yards of rebel redoubt; found a working party there, which has retired. He will make a demonstration on the redoubt. I don't think it can be occupied by any force.

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General.

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* See Humphreys to Crawford, 11.45 p. m., 7th, p.106.

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