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HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, July 26, 1864-8 a.m.

Lieutenant-Colonel RICHMOND, Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that the Fifty-first Pennsylvania, of Hartranft's brigade, relieved the Second Michigan, of Humphrey's brigade, and that Colonel Sigfried's colored troops relieved the rest of Humphrey's line. It was all done so quietly that there was little loss. Humphrey's brigade is now in the rear.

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, July 26, 1864.

Brigadier-General WILLCOX, Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding directs me to say he transmits to you with regret the inclosed order* from army headquarters, and that you will please relieve the brigade of the Fourth Division in the front line as soon as possible after dark, in order that it many go to the position indicated. Any portion of the brigade not in line and that can be moved before dark should be sent at once to report to General White.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. L. VAN BUREN,

Major and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, July 26, 1864.

Brigadier-General WHITE, Commanding Fourth Division:

The general commanding directs me to forward the inclosed order* from army headquarters, with instructions to you to get your command in readiness to obey the order. Call in all working parties at once and have the tools turned in at the places whence they were taken.

General Willcox has been ordered to relieve Colonel Sigfried as soon after dark as possible; Colonel S. will then report to you. Your command is not to move without further orders from these headquarters. Since receiving the inclosed orders it is learned that General Hancock's pickets have already been relieved. It will therefore be necessary to have your pickets posted by some officer familiar with the line before occupied by the division.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. L. VAN BUREN,

Major,&c.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, July 26, 1864-8.10 p.m.

Major General P. H. SHERIDAN,

Commanding Cavalry Corps, or

OFFICER COMMANDING CAVALRY AT JORDAN'S POINT:

SIR: I have the honor herewith to transmit a copy of a dispatch+ which has just been received from Lieutenant-General Grant. The

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*See Humphreys to Burnside,4.15 p.m., p.478.

+See Grant to Meade, July 26, beginning - The enemy are again advancing,p.460.

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