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At 3 p. m. artillery was seen passing to our left near Weldon railroad. Owing to heavy dust and smoke could not count pieces, but supposed there were at least four, judging from the time they were passing.

J. B. DUFF, Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

(JULY 9, 1864.–For “Orders" from headquarters Army of the Potomac, relative to operations against the intrenched position of the enemy, see Part I, p. 159.]

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
No, 182.

July 9, 1864. 1. Brig. Gen. Julius White, volunteer service, having, in compliance with the instructions of the War Department, reported to the major. general commanding, is assigned to duty with the Ninth Army Corps, and will report for further instructions to Major General Burnside, commanding the corps.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 9, 1861-3.10 p. m. Brigadier General BENILAM,

Commanding Engineer Brigade: The commanding general directs that you have prepared and sent to this army at once a bridge train of twelve canvas boats, complete in every respect, like the train of twenty-four boats you prepared for this army in the spring. The trucks should have the modifications suggested at that time.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General.

CITY POINT, July 9, 1864.

(Received 5.20 p. m.) General A. A. HUMPHREYS:

Your dispatch ordering twelve canvas boats received. This train will have to be made up in Washington, as I have not the trucks, wagons, &c., here. I telegraph my officer in Washington to let me kuow how soon it can be completed, and will inform you as soon as I get his reply.

H. W. BENHAM,

Brigadier-General.

CITY POINT, July 9, 1861. Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff: Although I have telegraphed to Washington to have the bridge train prepared that you ordered to-day, if there is an emergency in the case

I believe I can prepare one here much earlier that will answer the purpose, as I happened to take the precaution to bring sixteen extra canvas pontoons with me. By reducing the length of a sufficient number of balk and chess of the wooden bridging now here, and using army wagons, which, I think, can be maile to answer, I will try and get this up as a serviceable, not, of course, a perfect, train, probably within a couple of days, if you so order it.

II. W. BENHAM,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 9, 1861–9 p. m. Brigadier-General BENHAM,

Commanding Engineer Brigade, City Point: There is no emergency at present requiring the additional canvas pontoon train, so we can wait for it from Washington. Should an emergency arise, I will advise you of it.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Sta.ff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1861–) a. m. Brigadier-General WILLIAMS: I have nothing new to report this morning.

WINFD S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 9, 1861–8.15 p. m. Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps : General Wright is ordered to move at once to City Point. General Ferrero is ordered to move up to the Williams house and report to you. The commanding general directs that you arrange your troops in the same manner as when General Wright was at Reams' Station. Colonel Bryan, commanding cavalry detachment, picketing the left, will be ordered to report to you.

A. A. HUMPHREYS, Major-General and Chief of Staff

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1861–9 p. in General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General: I have to report no changes in my lines since last report. I have 1,600 at work on the works near the plank road.

WINFD S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1861. General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General: I have 1,600 privates, with a proportionate number of non-commis. sioned and commissioned officers, on fatigue at the redoubts under Captain Mendell. The details are made from my reserve brigades, which extended my line previously. To make the same extension will require the details to be relieved. If General Wright's picket-line is to be relieved to-night it will be a difficult operation. If it is to be done I would like to know how many men he has on.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

, Major General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 9, 1864. Major-General HANCOCK:

The Sixth Corps is ordered to move at once, and their pickets must therefore be relieved with as little delay as practicable. The command. ing general directs that you confer with Major-General Wright by telegraph as to the strength and location of his picket-line. General Ferrero's division is ordered to the vicinity of the Williams house, and will to-morrow partially relieve your fatigue details.

S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 9, 1864-10.20 p. m. Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps : Major Duane is directed to send back the working party on the redoubts to you. It is important that no delay should occur in the movement of any part of General Wright's command, and the commanding general directs that his pickets be relieved at once.

A. A. HUMPHREYS, Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 9, 1861–10.25 p. m. Major-General HANCOCK:

The commanding general directs that no time be lost in relieving the pickets of the Sixth Corps, as it is important that it should be done at once. The working detail can be arranged to-morrow morning.

S. WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1864. (Received 10.30 p. m.) General S. WILLIAMS: There will be no delay in relieving the Sixth Corps fickets.

WINFD S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1861. (Received 10,50 p. m.) General HUMPHREYS:

Since I last occupied General Wright's line some of my troops have been used in making the connection with the Fifth Corps on the new live, so I cannot extend so far to the left. I am sending everything there, however.

WINFD S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1861–9 p. m. Major-General HANCOCK:

Will you have my pickets relieved at once! They will remain on till relieved by you.

H. G. WRIGHT, Major-General, Commanding.

JULY 9, 1864. General H. G. WRIGHT,

Commanding Sixth Corps : It will not be possible for me to relieve your line at once. I have telegraphed to General Meade to know whether it shall be done tonight, as it is a difficult operation, considering none of my people know the ground, and I have large details out on fatigue.

WINFD S. HANCOCK,

Major General.

JULY 9, 1864–11 p. m. Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps : I have 1,400 men on picket. Brigadier-General Grant is my corps officer of the day, and is left behind in charge.

H. G. WRIGHT, Major-General, Commanding.

CIRCULAR.
HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1861. The brigades now in reserve will probably be ordered to-night to take the position occupied a few days since, when the Sixth Corps moved to Reams' Station. As the Sixth Corps is now moving to City Point, whether or not the details now on fatigue will be relieved is not yet known. By order of Major-General Hancock:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.]
HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1864. The following changes in the dispositions of troops will take effect at once: The reserve brigade of General Gibbon's division will be

posted on the left of his present line. All the reserve regiments of the Third Division, under command of the senior officer, will be posted in the intrenchments near the Williams house, connecting with General Gibbon's division. The reserve brigade of the First Division will be placed on the left of the brigade of the Third Division, extending the line toward the plank road. The working party on the redoubts, it is understood, will be relieved tomorrow morning. By order of Major-General Hancock:

FRANCIS A. WALKER,

Assistant Addjutant-General.

IIEADQUARTERS FIRST Division, SECOND CORPS,

July 9, 1861–11.40 p. m. (Received 11.50.) Lientenant-Colonel WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General: COLONEL: General Miles has 1,643 muskets; 500 of this number are on the working party, and some 150 on our picket, making 650, and leaving only, say, 1,000 here for duty. We cannot, therefore, wholly relieve the Sixth Corps picket of 1,400 men. We will relieve as much of the Sixth Corps line as possible, but shall have nothing left for the rifle-pits. Respectfully,

FRANCIS C. BARLOW,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division. P.

neral Miles is the only reserve on second line of this division.

FRANCIS C. BARLOW,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1861. Brig. Gen. N. A. MILES,

Commanding First Brigade: GENERAL: I am directed by the brigadier-general commanding the division to say that it is probable that your brigade will be ordered to-night to take the position occupied a few days since when the Sixth ('orps moved to Reams' Station. It is not known whether or not the details now on fatigue duty will be relieved. I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. R. DRIVER, Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, SECOND ARMY CORPS,

July 9, 1864-11.30 p. m. Lieutenant-Colonel WALKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Corps : COLONEL: I take it for granted that the Sixth Corps pickets remain on the line to the left of my picket-line. If this is not so, and I am expected to relieve any of them, please let me know. Respectfully,

JOHN GIBBON, Major-General of Volunteers, Commanding Dirision.

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