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HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, Before Petersburg, August 3, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

SIR: I have the honor to report no changes on my front. The officer of the day reports this morning a movement of the enemy toward our left, whether in force or not he could not ascertain.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, Before Petersburg, August 3, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

SIR: I have the honor to forward the following report, as given by Colonel William Humphrey, commanding Second Brigade:

Parties of the enemy have been at work on the left, where the party was reported to be working yesterday. During the night last night they were heard to bring what appeared to be boards into their works. There has been no artillery firing during the day, and very little musketry.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, Camp near Petersburg, Va., August 3, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that nothing unusual has occurred in front of my line since last report.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

EDWD. FERRERO,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, In the Field, August 3, 1864-2.45 p. m.

Honorable E. M. STANTON,

Secretary of War:

I understand strong efforts are being made to have taken from this department the counties of Accomac nd Northumberland [Northampton], commonly called the Eastern Shore. I could have no objection to this, provided I did not know that it was in order to get rid of the very stringent regulations and system of guards by which we prevent smuggling, and in order that the sale of whisky may be unlimited in that district. It is one of the series of movements of Governor Peir-

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