HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS,
Camp near Petersburg, August 8, 1864-8 p. m.
COLONEL: Colonel Welch, commanding Third Brigade, reports a heavy column of the enemy moving to our left. They are plainly seen passing a large fire which is burning brightly. They are moving as though it was their intention to attack our left.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOS. J. BARTLETT,
HDQRS. THIRTY-NINTH MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEERS,
August 8, 1864-7 p. m.
Captain GEORGE MONTEITH,
CAPTAIN: A body of troops, say a brigade of infantry, have passed within an hour from the enemy's right to our right. A large fire is burning on their right, seemingly in front of their line of battle, which they seem to be endeavoring to extinguish; otherwise all quiet.
CHAS. L. PEIRSON,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Division Field Officer of the Day.
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,
Before Petersburg, Va., August 8, 1864-9 a. m.
Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: I have the honor to report that nothing of interest has occurred on our line within the past twelve hours. The usual picket-firing took place during the night.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. E. BURNSIDE,
By LEWIS RICHMOND,
[AUGUST 9, 1864.-For Stanton to Burnside, relative to composition of the Court of Inquiry ordered to examine into the affair of July 30, see Vol. XL, Part I, p. 532.]
HEADQUARTERS NINTH CORPS,
August 8, 1864.
Have you heard anything of General Grant yet?
A. E. BURNSIDE,