War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0454 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 269.

October 31, 1864.

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VI. The picket-line of the corps will be relieved to-morrow at 3 p. m., as follows: Brigadier-General Griffin will picket the line all west of the Weldon railroad. Brigadier-General Crawford will picket the line all east of the railroad. The pickets from these divisions will remain for three days, and will be relieved as often as the division commander may deem proper.

By command of Major-General Warren:

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS,

October 31, 1864 - 11.15 p. m.

Lieutenant-Colonel LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Fifth Corps:

COLONEL: My commander of the outpost has just sent me in the report that the enemy are moving a large force to our lift. I have sent this word to General Parke.

Very respectfully,

R. B. AYRES,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

(Above sent to Brigadier-General Griffin.)

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

October 31, 1864 - 11.35 p. m.

Brigadier-General AYRES,

Commanding Second Division, Fifth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to acknowledge your note of 11.15 p. m. He would like to have your pickets on the alert and discover, if possible, how large a force of the enemy is moving, and on what roads; how long it takes them to pass a given point, and all the particulars you can ascertain. I have telegraphed the substance of your note to General Griffin.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. S. MARVIN, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

October 31, 1864.

General CRAWFORD:

I wish you would have the ditch made as keep as it can be around Fort Howard. Have all the old breast-works leveled between it and Battery 26, and have the rear of Battery 26 built up to march the rest of it, and the ditch deepened all around, and also the parapet cut away from it on the west side. The road way should be made good for artillery all the way down the rear of the line. Please have the work begun at this early to-morrow.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.