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HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Petersburg, Va., July 27, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that my headquarters are established in the location formerly occupied by General Ferrero near the railroad and between the railroad and plank road.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JULIUS WHITE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Troops occupying entrenchments between the plank road and Norfolk road.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Before Petersburg, Va., July 27, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to state that the two brigades of infantry under my command have been placed upon the line extending from the fortifications near the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad to the left of the Fifth Corps, covering a distance of over a mile. The line is necessarily weak, but I deemed it important to occupy the work above mentioned, especially as there is no other suitable position for my artillery. If this disposition of the troops is not deemed sufficiently compact I respectfully ask instructions.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JULIUS WHITE,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding.

Copy furnished Major-General Warren.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

July 27, 1864.

Brigadier General J. WHITE,

Commanding Fourth Division, Ninth Army Corps:

GENERAL: Your arrangements appear to me judicious, but as I understand you were not placed under my orders, but were merely to report to me " whatever occurs, as well as to these (General Meade's) headquarters." If you wish to make any reports of things requiring alteration or approval I think you are not directed to do so to me. Any assistance that i could give it would of course be proper for you to ask.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General, Commanding.

DEEP BOTTOM, July 27, 1864-7.40 a. m.

General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

My cavalry is now commencing to cross the James River. General Hancock's last brigade is just over. He has been engaged with a portion of Longstreet's corps, who still hold ground in his front. He has captured four pieces of artillery. The enemy had their lines close into