War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0080 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LII.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, Near Petersburg, Va., July 8, 1864-8 a. m.

Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that nothing occurred in my front last night. The sharp picket-firing heard during the night was beyond my left. One of my brigade officers of the day reports that about daybreak the enemy were very busy, apparently, in the movement of troops, and that cars were running more than usual.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES H. LEDLIE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, July 8, 1864.

Major-General PARKE,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report no change of much consequence on my line during the night. In front of the right of my line the firing was more severe than it has been for some time. Roemer got three pieces into position and will have the fourth in in a short time.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

CITY POINT, July 8, 1864.

Colonel RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Have received instructions to report to Ninth Army Corps for duty with my battery. Shall leave this place early to-morrow morning.

E. R. MAYO,

Captain, Commanding Third Maine Battery.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 8, 1864-6.15 p. m.

Major-General SHERIDAN,

Commanding Cavalry Corps:

The commanding general instructs me to inquire what will be the earliest day at which your command will be in condition for service, and the number of officers and men you will then have available. It is important that he should know this, and also that your corps should be made available at the earliest practicable moment.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS, July 8, 1864.

Colonel GEORGE H. CHAPMAN,

Commanding Second Brigade:

COLONEL: The general commanding directs that you send one regiment from your brigade at 6 a. m. to-morrow to Cocke's Mill, on the