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BURNSIDE'S HEADQUARTERS, June 27, 1864.

Major General W. F. SMITH,

Commanding Eighteenth Army Corps:

It is reported from our signal station that a large body of troops have been moving from your front toward the town since the commencement of the high wind. The dusk prevented our seeing further movements.

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, June 27, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

The following dispatch* was sent General Smith this evening, and in acknowledging he adds, "I am of opinion that they are probably moving in from across the Appomattox."

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, June 27, 1864.

General PARKE:

Have you telegraphed to General Meade about the movements of the enemy toward town? I think it important he should be made acquainted with them, as I am of opinion they are probably moving in from across the Appomattox.

Respectfully,

WM. F. SMITH,

Commanding Eighteenth Corps.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 27, 1864-11.25 p. m.

Major General JOHN G. PARKE,

Ninth Corps:

Your dispatch received. Is it General Smith's opinion that additional troops are entering Petersburg from the north side of the Appomattox?

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, June 27, 1864-11 a. m.

Brigadier-General FERRERO,

Commanding Fourth Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs that you get your command in readiness to proceed without delay to Prince George Court-

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*See next, ante.

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