War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0460 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

February 7, 1865.

COMMANDING OFFICER SECOND BRIGADE:

The general commanding directs me to say that General Crawford's line will withdraw and fall behind our line, and that you will give Major O'Neill, field officer of outposts, more men, if he desires them. Please notify your pickets of this change.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WILLIAM FOWLER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

February 7, 1865. (Received 9.35 a. m.)

Brevet Colonel LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Fifth Army Corps:

COLONEL: The major-general commanding the corps last evening expressed his intention to relieve my First Brigade (General Winthrop's) as soon as some other troops could be fitted out to take its place. General Wintrhop reports that his men are worn out, and I would like him to be relieved if possible. The enemy are hard at work throwing up breast-works apparently in front of General Winthrop; they are felling trees.

Very respectfully,

R. B. AYRES,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS,

February 7, 1865.

Colonel WILLIAM SERGEANT,

210th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Commanding Division Pickets:

COLONEL: The division commander direct that you post a strong portion of your reserve on the Vaughan road; also, that you put an outpost in neighborhood of the chimney on the hill.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. W. SWAN,

Brevet Major, U. S. Army, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FIRST Brigadier, SECOND DIV., FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

February 7, 1865.

Major SWAN,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

MAJOR: My picket officer reports that the enemy are moving a column of troops round on his (the picket officer's) right flank.

Respectfully,

F. WINTHROP,

Brevet Brigadier-General.