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HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, Before Petersburg, Va., August 4, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that there was considerable musketry and an occasional shell thrown at our right during the evening. This subsided before morning. Everything is now quiet. The enemy is engaged in strengthening his works, but no movements has been observed. Our trenches are being widened and works put in good condition along the whole line. Abatis is being put down in front of our left by the engineer regiment.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBERT B. POTTER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, Before Petersburg, Va., August 4, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: Brigade commanders report unusual quiet on our front, with no movement on the part of the enemy during the past twelve hours. The work of the strengthening our line is continued. Fresh material for abatis has been prepared and will be put down to-night.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

ROBERT B. POTTER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, August 4, 1864-8 a. m.

General WHITE, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that the enemy after being quiet all day began a sharp fire of musketry in the evening-opened their battery on the right of the exploded work and opened with mortars at other points. The musketry and considerable artillery was kept up through the night between the lines. By my direction, Roemer's battery fired upon points where the enemy were at work, and threw shells into the town and camps.

Very respectfully,

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS FOURTH DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, Camp near Petersburg, Va., August 4, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that picket-firing has been about as usual; that the enemy opened with his artillery in front of the left of the First Brigade at about 11 o'clock last night. Several rounds were fired, but did no damage. This morning all is quiet.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

EDWD. FERRERO,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.