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last night. One thousand sand-bags are required by the division. A new rifle-pit, with abatis, has been constructed across the New Market road by the Forty-sixth New York.

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. FIRST Brigadier, THIRD DIV., NINTH ARMY CORPS, Near Petersburg, Va., July 21, 1864-7 a. m.

Captain R. A. HUTCHINS,

Asst. Adjt. General, Third Division, Ninth Army Corps:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report no charge on my front since last evening's report. About seventy pieces of abatis timber were put out during the night; more will be put out to-night; 400 or 500 sandbags are needed for the use of the brigade. During the late rain the earth has settled considerably, and besides many of the bags have been cut to pieces by the enemy's bullets. I would suggest that sandbags instead of grain-sacks be procured. The latter cannot be used as advantageously on the pits.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. F. HARTRANFT,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, July 21, 1864.

Respectfully forwarded with request that, if possible, 1,000 sand-bags may be furnished for the First Brigade.

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, Near Petersburg, Va., July 21, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

SIR: General Ferrero left for Washington this morning, but neglected to sign a paper for the accompanying statement. I have, therefore, taken the liberty of signing for the general as he desired the facts should be made known to you. I trust, sir, the liberty will be overlooked.

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

GEO. A. HICKS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure.]

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, Near Petersburg, Va., July 21, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I would respectfully state that Thomas Scott lived on the picket-line of my command, and gave me much information as to the country in my front and its inhabitants. The pass in question was given him to visit Colonel Morrison, commanding Third Regiment New