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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 28, 1864-10.30 a. m.

Major-General WRIGHT,

Commanding Sixth Corps:

Have you any special information from a scouting party, said to have been sent out from the First Brigade, Third Division, of your corps, toward a Colonel Wyatt's farm last night?

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS, June 28, 1864-10.45 a. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

The scouting party referred to is probably the one sent out yesterday from the Second Division, a report of which was made by telegraph and subsequently in person by me last evening to the commanding general. No party has been sent out from the Third Division.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH CORPS, June 28, 1864. (Received 3 p. m.)

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

The party referred to appears to have been an unauthorized one, and I attach little if any importance to the report, which was not made to any officer so far as I can learn. The matter is being investigated. Scouts sent out this morning found a few pickets; four only were seen, near the railroad on the road from Gurley's. They are now trying to reach the railroad farther to our left than the point referred to. There is nothing to indicate any movement on the part of the enemy.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS, June 28, 1864-10.40 p. m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

The following report has just been received from Colonel Bryan:

HEADQUARTERS DETACHMENT CAVALRY CORPS, Near McCann's House, June 28, 1864-8.30 p. m.

Colonel BRYAN,

Commanding Brigade Detachment:

COLONEL: Lieutenant Herrick has just returned from a long scout. He has been down the plank road about sixteen miles, four miles below Proctor's Tavern, out from Petersburg, returning and driving in one rebel vedette two miles below the tavern. The vedette, a Georgian, rode down toward the railroad, leaving his arms, has coat, &c. The lieutenant then took a road to the left, leading to City Point, and followed it to the Norfolk railroad without meeting any of the enemy. He heard of a scouting party of the enemy, numbering 140 men, who came down nearly to Lee's Mill, but saw nothing of them. The City Point road is a broad,

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