War of the Rebellion: Serial 081 Page 0632 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

July 4, 1864 - 8 a. m.

Major-General PARKE,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that the covered way referred to in my previous reports is so far completed as to allow men to pass in single file, and will be enlarged. Sharp musket firing was kept up during the night on the lines.

Very respectfully,

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, July 4, 1864.

Major-General PARKE,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report there has been no change of any importance on my line during the day.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 4, 1864.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Commanding Cavalry Corps:

Lieutenant-Colonel Gould, commanding dismounted cavalry, has been ordered to report to you with his command, and to recall any detachments that may have been made from these troops during the time they were on duty as a guard to the general supply train. The commanding general expected that the moment you came in the vicinity of Lieutenant-Colonel Gould's command you would assume command of the same, and that Lieutenant-Colonel Gould would regard himself as under your orders, but in order to guard against any misapprehension the above-mentioned order had been issued.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 4, 1864.

Brigadier General J. H. WILSON,

Commanding Third Cavalry Division:

(Through commanding officer Cavalry Corps.)

GENERAL: I am directed by the major-general commanding to invite your attention to the editorial article in the Richmond Examiner of the 2nd instant (copy herewith*), commenting upon your recent expedition. The commanding general cannot believe that the statements of the article are well founded, but as the cases of alleged depredations are in several instances cited with particularity, he deems it due to you, as the commander of the expedition, that you should be made acquainted with the serious charges against its management set forth in the arti-

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