HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 8, 1864-5.50 p. m.
Burnside and Warren report the enemy opening their batteries on them, also on Smith's front. Some little musketry with Burnside. The object not known.
GEO. G. MEADE,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 8, 1864-6 p. m.
Two battalions of the Ninth New York Heavy Artillery accompanied Ricketts' division. The remaining battalion will at once be ordered to Washington. This regiment is probably as familiar with artillery as any we have.
GEO. G. MEADE,
CITY POINT, July 8, 1864.
Several days since the lieutenant-general commanding telegraphed to Washington to have sent here for the Ninth Army Corps two batteries, by name particularly designated, neither of which has arrived so far as any information has been received here. You will therefore assign the Third Maine Battery to the Ninth Army Corps, in lieu of those telegraphed for.
By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:
JOHN A. RAWLINS,
Chief of Staff.
WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Washington, July 8, 1864.
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60. The telegraphic dispatch of July 5, 1864, to Lieutenant-General Grant, relieving Brigadier General J. G. Barnard from duty at his headquarters, and directing him to report to the chief of the Corps of Engineers in this city, is hereby modified. Brigadier-General Barnard will report to Major-General Halleck, chief of staff, in this city.
By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
CITY POINT, VA., July 8, 1864.
General R. E. LEE,
Commanding Confederate Forces, near Petersburg, Va.:
I would request that Colonel James F. Jaquess, Seventy-third Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and J. R. Gilmore, esq., be allowed to meet Colonel Robert Ould, commissioner for the exchange of prisoners, at such place