War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0092 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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CITY POINT, August 8, 1864.

Major-General BURNSIDE:

General Grant passed Fort Monroe at 12 to-day. Expect him now every moment.

E. S. PARKER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Before Petersburg, Va., August 8, 1864-8 a. m.

Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that everything has been quiet along my front during the past twelve hours. There was considerable firing on the extreme left during the night. The covered way leading to the picket-line, which was constructed on the night of the 6th instant, is unserviceable, as it is flooded with water.

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

J. WHITE,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. FIRST DIV., NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 40.

August 8, 1864.

I. After dark this evening Lieutenant-Colonel Barnes, commanding First Brigade,w ill relieve the Twenty-first and Twenty-ninth Massachusetts from the front line and put in the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, and Fifty-ninth Massachusetts Volunteers. Lieutenant-Colonel Robinson, commanding Second Brigade, will relieve the Fourteenth New York Artillery and put in the Third Maryland and One hundred and seventy-ninth new York Volunteers. The troops of the First Brigade will hold the left portion of the line, and those of the Second Brigade the right portion.

II. Hereafter, until further orders, the relieving of troops in the front line will always be arranged by brigade commanders keeping 450 men from each brigade constantly in the front line, those from the First Brigade on the left, and those from the Second Brigade on the right, and relieving every two days. The Thirty-fifth massachusetts Volunteers will not be exempt, until further orders from these headquarters, from their share of duty in the trenches.

By command of Brigadier-General White:

C. J. MILLS,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

Before Petersburg, Va., August 8, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that everything has been quiet on my front during the past twelve hours. I have ordered additional traverses erected in the railroad cut for the protection of the troops moving to and from the front line, and this work is in progress.

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

ROBERT B. POTTER,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.