major-general commanding, by whom I am directed to say in reply that it is not at present in contemplation to make any further use of the mine in connection with the operations in front of Petersburg.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
HEADQUARTERS NINTH CORPS,
August 6, 1864. (Received 9.20 p. m.)
All has been quiet on my front to-day.. At present some little mortar firing is going on. One of my battery commanders resorts as follows:
The rebels appear to have some movement on foot. They have been leaving the breast-works to our front and left in squads of three or four during the afternoon, being equipped with knapsacks and muskets. There has been a cloud of dust behind the woods, as if troops were moving, but I could not say in what direction. It is my opinion they were moving to our left.
A. E. BURNSIDE,
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,
Before Petersburg, Va., August 6, 1864-8 p. m.
Lieutenant Colonel L. RICHMOND,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:
COLONEL: I have the honor to report everything quiet along my front for the past twelve hours. A working party, under the direction of Captain Hudson, division engineer officer, has been ordered to construct a covered way leading to the right of our picket-line, which will render access to it perfectly secure.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.
HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,
Before Petersburg, Va., August 6, 1864.
Commanding First Brigade:
You will relieve the troops of Colonel Humphrey's brigade now in the trenches with your command to-night. Colonel Humphrey will furnish the number equivalent to the Fifty-first Pennsylvania Volunteers from his brigade.
By order of Brigadier-General Willcox:
ROBT. A HUTCHINS,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
AUGUST 6, 1864-8.30 a. m.
Honorable E. M. STANTON:
Secretary of War:
At 6.30 p. m., yesterday the enemy sprang a small mine in front of the Eighteenth Corps, near Petersburg, about forty yards in front of our works. They did not make an assault. A fresh artillery fire was