War of the Rebellion: Serial 082 Page 0284 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LII.

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HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Petersburg, Va., July 16, 1864-8 a.m.

Lieutenant Colonel L. RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report everything quiet along my lines during the night. The enemy during the night placed sand-bags along their whole line of works for the protection of their sharpshooters. I would respectfully suggest similar plan, as it is indispensably necessary for the protection of our own men.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES H. LEDLIE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Before Petersburg, Va., July 16, 1864-8 p.m.

Lieutenant Colonel L. RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that since the early part of the day there has been a truce between my pickets and those of the enemy, and that they have been conversing and exchanging newspapers. There has, however, been firing, both of cannon and mortars, and toward evening it became quite rapid.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JAMES H. LEDLIE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Before Petersburg, Va., July 16, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that during the day and up to near evening everything remained quiet on my front. Before dark a force of the enemy was seen moving to our right, apparently relieving part of his line, and was opened upon by our batteries, the rebel batteries making little reply. The mine of the Forty-eighth Pennsylvania will be under the enemy's works to-night or by to-morrow morning.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBERT D. POTTER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, July 16, 1864-8 a.m.

Lieutenant Colonel L. RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that a brisk skirmish firing was kept up on Hartranft's front during the night. There is, and has been for some days, no picket-firing in front of Humphrey's brigade, but owing to the situation of the lines his casualties are as great as those of the First Brigade. The enemy threw five discharges of artillery yesterday down the ravine which lies between Humphrey's main and picket lines, which ravine is quite swept by the enemy's guns on our left. We