your lines, and to confer with you as to the operations to be carried on - the running of the mine now in progress and the posting of artillery. It is desirable as many guns as possible bearing on the point to be assaulted should be placed in position. I agree with you in opinion the assault should be deferred till the mine is completed, provided that can be done in a reasonably short period - say a week. Roads should be opened to the rear to facilitate the movements of the other corps sent to take part in the action and all the preliminary arrangements possible should be made. Upon the report of my engineer and artillery officers the necessary orders will be given.
GEO. G. MEADE,
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, July 3, 1864.
General Parke is quite ill; has had three chills. I think it absolutely necessary he should go North. So do the surgeons. Will you ask the general commanding if he can go.
A. E. BURNSIDE,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 3, 1864.
Commanding Ninth Corps:
I will be over to see you this afternoon in relation to General Parke's leave. I am very sorry to learn that he is ill again.*
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, July 3, 1864 - 9 p. m.
Chief of Staff:
No changes or movements on my line or apparent on the enemy's to-day. Picket firing still continues, though there has been less of it to-day than usual. All our works are progressing favorably.
A. E. BURNSIDE,
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,
Near Petersburg, Va., July 3, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Corps:
COLONEL: I have the honor to report that all has been quiet in my front during the last twelve hours. The change of pickets was made
* General Parke was granted twenty days' leave on surgeon's certificate of disability, July 4, 1864.
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