War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0035 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, OFFICE BUREAU OF INFORMATION, August 3, 1864-10.10 p. m.

Colonel GEORGE H. SHARPE,

Deputy Provost-Marshal-General, Army of the Potomac, at General Meade's headquarters:

A deserter who has just come in reports Field's division and three regiments of Wise's old brigade at and near New Market. Wise's men hold their extreme right, then Bratton, Gregg, Benning, Law, and Anderson. Wilcox's division, of Hill's corps, is lying back of them, between Field's division and Chaffin's farm. Kershaw left New Market with his division on Monday night and went then to Petersburg. The deserter does not know of his moving from there. I have just returned from a sick leave and am again attending to my duties here, and will keep you constantly informed of all reports and movements.

Respectfully,

JOHN I. DAVENPORT,

Lieutenant and Acting Aide-de-Camp.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER, August 3, 1864-2.20 p. m.

Colonel J. W. SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: The following dispatch sent from the rebel signal station near Cox's Ferry to the rams was read by signal officer at Water Battery at 2 p. m., viz:

Flag-Officer MITCHELL:

A detail has been ordered down, at the suggestion of General Ewell, to get an engine from Cox's Mill. Is there any difficulty in getting there? Does your picket boat go below the wharf.

R. D. TAYLOR,

Major, Commanding.

Very respectfully, &c.,

L. B. NORTON,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

SPRING HILL, August 3, 1864-7.45 p. m.

Captain NORTON:

Eighteen cars toward Petersburg, also a column of troops, I should judge 2,000, in a field northwest of railroad station, moving toward General Butler's front.

SIMONS,

Lieutenant.

HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS, August 3, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

I send you a very intelligent Jew deserter from Field's division, formerly Hood's, in Foster's front. Law's, Anderson's, Benning's, Gregg's,