War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0004 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 1, 1864-1.15 p. m.

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac, at Lieutenant General Grant's Hdqrs.:

The signal officer on Jerusalem plank road reports:

Two thousand cavalry passed to our left on Weldon railroad; were forty-four minutes in passing, commencing at 10.05, followed by fifteen ambulances.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

(Copy to General Sheridan.)

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 1, 1864-1.30 p. m.

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac, Hdqrs. of Lieutenant General Grant:

Three deserters from Mahone's division, who came in this morning, state that Heth's division returned on Saturday night and took its old position on the right. They say that they heard that Wilcox's division returned.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 1, 1864.

Colonel SHARPE,

City Point:

Deserter, who left the trenches 8 p. m. yesterday, says up to the time he left he heard of no troops returning here. Wright's and Mahone's brigades were still in support of Johnson's division, near the mine. Can't learn what has taken their place on enemy's right.

J. McENTEE,

Captain, &c.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, OFFICE OF THE PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S DEPT., August 1, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: Three deserters from the Twelfth and Forty-eighth Mississippi Regiments, of Mahone's division, who left the picket-line last night at 12 o'clock, came in this morning and report substantially as follows: On the morning of the 30th ultimo, after the explosion of the mine, Sanders', Wright's, and Mahone's brigades left the trenches to drive our men from their works. Finegan's brigade retained its position next to Johnson's division. Harris' brigade deployed in one rank and occupied the position in the trenches vacated by Sanders, Wright, and Mahone. The three last-named brigades they think are lying in reserve of Johnson's division. Heth's division arrived there on Saturday night and took a position on the right of Mahone's division. When