War of the Rebellion: Serial 087 Page 0890 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS JOHNSON'S DIVISION,

Petersburg, Va., September 9, 1864.

COLONEL: It was unusually quiet along my line yesterday and last night. A few shots were fired by the artillery yesterday morning. General Gracie reports that negro troops are in front of his line, except on the railroad.

The following casualties are respectfully submitted: Gracie's brigade, wounded, 4; total, 4 wounded.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. R. JOHNSON,

Major-General

Colonel G. W. BRENT,

HEADQUARTERS JOHNSON'S DIVISION,

Petersburg, Va., September 10, 1864

COLONEL: There seemed to be an unusual stir among the enemy last night, moving of wagon trains, cheering of troops, &c. General Gracie says that the enemy informed him this morning that they were cheering over the old news-fall of Atlanta; they also informed him that the colored regiment in his front was from Pennsylvania, that it belonged to the Eighteenth Corps, and was the only colored regiment in the corps. According to their own report, "they are new nigglers, but well disciplined." The position occupied by Blount's battery has been damaged by the enemy's fire and needs repairing this work is in the hands of the artillery. The ordnance officer has now been three weeks removing the 10-inch columbiad and mounting the 8-inch. It seems to me that this is a waste of valuable time, and if he will consult with me I can expedite the work. Private Joseph H. Jackson, Company I, Twenty-third South Carolina Volunteers, deserted to the enemy about 1 a.m. on yesterday.

The following casualties are respectfully submitted: Elliott's brigade, killed, 1; wounded, 1. Gracie's brigade, killed, 1 wounded, 3. Total, 2 killed, 4 wounded.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. R. JOHNSON,

Major-General.

Colonel G. W. BRENT, Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS JOHNSON'S DIVISION,

Petersburg, Va., September 11, 1864.

COLONEL: The sharpshooting was heavier yesterday and last night than usual. The mortar fire was quite severe at different times during the day and night. No change has been observed in the position or strength of the enemy. The negro troops have been removed from General Gracie's front, and he is now opposed by white troops, believed to be the Eighteenth Army Corps.

The following casualties are respectfully submitted: Elliott's brigade, killed, 1; wounded, 4. Gracies' brigade, wounded, 5. Ransom's brigade, killed, 1; wounded, 1. Total, 2 killed, 10 wounded.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. R. JOHNSON,

Major-General.

Colonel G. W. BRENT, Assistant Adjutant-General.