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HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, Before Petersburg, Va., July 22, 1864-8 a. m.

Lieutenant Colonel L. RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that in the early part of the night, between 9 and 12, brisk artillery firing was kept up, the enemy beginning it, and using rifled cannon to a greater extent than before, as well as developing a new mortar battery of two or four pieces directly in our front. The Second Brigade was ordered to be prepared at any moment to support General Willcox, but their services were not required.

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

JAMES H. LEDLIE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, Before Petersburg, Va., July 22, 1864-8 p. m.

Lieutenant Colonel L. RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that the enemy have been throwing 24-pounder shells from howitzers at slight elevations. The volley firing this evening was to the left of this division.

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 22, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that the night passed without event of importance. In consequence of anticipated attack by the enemy my front line was strengthened by the addition of all fatigue parties, and supported by the entire reserve force under arms. With exception of increased firing nothing unusual occurred.

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

ROBERT B. POTTER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, Before Petersburg, Va., July 22, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that up to 5 o'clock this afternoon there has been quiet on our front since morning. At the hour named the enemy opened fire by company on the left of our line. Brigadier-General Griffin, who was on the spot at the time, reports that he could discover no cause for the sudden fire, nor its object. This part of the line will be strengthened to-night.

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

ROBERT B. POTTER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.