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night about 10 o'clo k opposite the Third Delaware Regiment, Fifth Army Corps. He states that his division (Field's-Hood's old) is in line of battle in the trenches with one brigade in reserve; that the, time of relief are six days on and two off; that McLaws' division moved from their left about a week ago, and he thinks went to the north side of the Appomattox; that they were not in the trenches, but had been lying to the rear in reserve; that a brigade, which he understood was Burton's (probably Barton's, of Pickett's division) was attached to Field's division on the left night before last. They were put in line in the trenches. Informant states in the most positive manner that there is no second line of works to the rear of Hill or Longstreet, be: tween their present line and Petersburg. This is the repeated statement of all deserters from those corps. The following divisions of the enemy are in our front, according to the latest information: A.P. HillHeth, extreme right of enemy's line; Anderson's old next. Longstreet-Field's (Hood's old) next; Barton's brigade, of Pickett's division, next. Beauregard—Bushrod Johnson's division; Hoke's division, left, on south side Appomattox. On north side of Appomattox are the following divisions: Longstreet's—McLaws' position unknown; Piekett's division, in Butler's front. A. P. Hill-Wilcox's division, Chaffin's farm.

J. C. BABCOCK.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 26, 1861–12.15 p. m. Lieutenant-General G'RANT:

The foregoing is transmitted for your information. You will note it makes no mention of the third division of Beauregard's army, formerly commanded by Ransom, subsequently by Clingman, and which we have hitherto supposed to be in our front.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

City Point, July 26, 1864-3 p. m. Maj. Gen. GEORGE G. MEADE:

The information you have sent and all information received on the subject indicates a probablity that the enemy are looking for a formidable attack either from Bermuda or north of the James, and that they will detach from Petersburg heavily to prevent its success. This will make your remaining two corps, with the Eighteenth, relatively stronger against the enemy at Petersburg than we have been since the first day. It will be well, therefore, to prepare for an assault in Burnside's front, only to be made it further developments justify. If made it would be necessary to abandon most of the front now held by the Fifth Corps.*

U.S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 26, 1861–5.30 p. m. Lieut. Gen. U. S. GRANT:

Telegram 3 p. m. received. The only preparation that can be made is the loading of Burnside's mine. I cannot advise an assault with the

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For version of this dispatch, as submitted with the report of the Court of Inquiry on the Mine Explosion, see Part I, p. 132.

Second Corps absent, for some force must be left to hold our lines and protect our batteries. The withdrawal of the Fifth Corps would prevent any attempt on our part to silence the fire of the enemy's guns in front of the Fifth Corps, and unless these guns are silenced no advance can be made across the open ground in front of the Ninth Corps. It is not the numbers of the enemy which oppose our taking Petersburg; it is their artillery and their works which can be held by reduced numbers against direct assault. I have just sent you a dispatch indicating an attack on my left flank by the enemy. This is my weak point, and a formidable attack turning my flank would require all my force to meet successfully.

GEO, G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 26, 1864–4 p. m. Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I forward you this telegram just received for what it is worth. Hancock is now moving. He leaves a part of our flank intrenchments on the left of Warren vacant, but I shall supply his place to-night with a division of Burnside's as soon as it is dark.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General. [Inclosure.] HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS,

July 26, 1864—3.30 p. m. General HUMPHREYS: I forward the following just received: HEADQUARTERS Third Division, FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

July 26, 1864. General WARREN:

A deserter has come in from the Fourteenth Alabama, Sanders' brigade, of Mahone's division. He states that McLaws' division, of Longstreet's corps, were under orders to go to Atlanta. They had three days' cooked rations yesterday. He also states that one of his comrades heard General Mahone state that General Lee desired to know what force was in woods opposite his right, and that he, General Mahone, would find ont before twenty-four hours. This man was in the previous attack on the Second Corps, and says that the force will come the same route, about the right of the Third Brigade, Third Division. The deserter says that General Lee has been along the lines several times lately; also that Early's troops are returning,

S. W. CRAWFORD,

Brigadier-General. I am prepared for any attempt.

G. K. WARREN.

Major-General.

CITY POINT, VA., July 26, 1864. Major-General MEADE,

Commanding, &c.: The enemy are again advancing down the Shenandoah Valley. They were last night north of Winchester. Hasten off the cavalry that goes to Washington under my recent order. If they can start to-indrow they may render great service.

U.S. GRANT,

Lieutenant General.

CITY POINT, VA., July 26, 1861-9 p. m. Major-General MEADE:

If you wish to send any orders to General Wilson about the cavalry to go north you can telegraph him here now.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 26, 1864. Lieut. Gen. U. S. GRANT:

I will at once send two dispatches to General Wilson, at your headquarters, by telegraph.

GEO, G. MEADE, Major-General, Commanding.

CITY POINT, July 26, 1864-1.30 p. m. Maj. Gen. GEORGE G. MEADE:

The enemy may show such a force between Deep Bottom and Richmond as to make our movement there more hazardous than was expected. If so, the Second Corps and the cavalry will be withdrawn tomorrow night, and by withdrawing them quietly and rapidly it may be practicable to make an assault on their return.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 26, 1861–10.30 p. m. Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Orders have been sent to Wilson to bring up all men whose term of service expire by the 25th proximo. I had supposed they had gone, but I find over 300 of the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry on duty at these headquarters who had not been relieved as I had directed, and I have ordered them to proceed immediately to City Point, and they will be there by morning.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

July 26, 1861–11 p. m. Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I have the Examiner of to-day. It has another report from Hood, claiming eighteen colors and thirteen guns, dated July 23; says all is quiet, except occasional shells falling into Atlanta. The paper also states it is understood we have crossed 6,000 men at Deep Bottom, with a view of preventing their field batteries interrupting the navigation of the river. The paper will be sent to-morrow. Two deserters came in to-day who say there has been no recent movement of troops on their side. Telegram of 9.30 in cipher just received.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
OFFICE OF PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

July 26, 1864. Colonel SHARPE,

City Point: Deserter from First Texas, Field's division, Longstreet's corps, came in [at] 10 o'clock last night. His division in same place.

McLaws division moved week ago across the Appomattox; does not know where. A brigade, he thinks Barton's, took its place. Informant states posi. tively there is but one line of works where Hill's and Longstreet's corps are now posted. If there is any second line it is farther to the left, wbere he has not visited. No other changes.

J. C. B[ABCOCK).

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
OFFICE OF PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

July 26, 1864. Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff": GENERAL: Two deserters from Sanders' brigade, Hill's corps (Ninth and Fourteenth Alabama), who came in this afternoon, report that there has been no movement of troops within the last three or four days. Their statements concerning the position of troops corroborates previous information. They report that several days ago they heard of a division passing through Petersburg and going north, destination not known. They say that to-day's Richmond papers state that Hood repulsed Sherman, capturing 2,000 prisoners and 22 pieces of artillery; that Sherman still holds his position in front of Atlanta, and has been shelling the town. This brigade has received about 200 conscripts since last spring.

NOTE.-One of informants heard that a division of infantry was moved down on our left. This was reported among the sharpshooters. It was supposed to be Wilcox's division. They understood our cavalry was making a demonstration in that direction. Very respectfully,

J. MCENTEE, Captain and Assistant Provost- Marshal.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION, July 26, 1864. Captain FISHER:

At 7 a.m. a regiment of infantry, about 300 in number, passed to our, right on road in rear of enemy's line, north of station. They disappeared in woods one mile northwest from station. A train of three cars passed south on Weldon railroad this a. m., and one of two cars north. A picket detachment of fifty men marched from lead-works to their line on our left. The enemy is busily at work on battery on plank road near Gregory's house. The battery is much strengthened, and fitted with heavy abatis.

J. B. DUFF, Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH CORPS,

July 26, 1864–9 a. m. Captain FISHER:

No change. Enemy seems to have ceased, laboring on second line of works. No working parties seen.

WARTS,

Lieutenant.

PLANK ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

July 26, 1861-5.30 p. m. Capt. B. F. FISHER:

No movement since this a. m. Enemy still at work on second line west of plank road and on new work one-quarter of a mile in rear of or north from Gregory's bouse.

J. B. DUFF, Second Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

JULY 26, 1864—7 p. m. Captain FISHER:

No movements of interest seen to-day. The enemy's signal officer makes the same report.

C. L. DAVIS,

Captain, de.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, ORDNANCE OFFICE,

July 26, 1861. Lieut, MORRIS SCHAFF,

Ordnance Officer, City Point: Send as soon as possible to the ordnance officer of the reserve ammunition train 7,000 pounds of powder (blasting) and 3,000 feet of fuse. Some one will be sent from Colonel McGilvery's to meet and direct the train. Get wagons from General Ingalls and use every precaution in loading the powder.

JNO. R. EDIE, Lieutenant and Chief of Ordnance, Army of the Potomac.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, ORDNANCE OFFICE,

July 26, 1864. Lieut. MORRIS SCHAFF,

Ordnance Officer, City Point: Send 1,000 pounds of powder in addition to the 7,000 already ordered. Send it early in the morning.

JNO. R. EDIE, Lieutenant and Chief of Ordnance, Army of the Potomac.

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