HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,
Before Petersburg, Va., August 9, 1864.
Lieutenant Colonel LEWIS RICHMOND,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:
SIR: I have the honor to report that no changes have occurred on my front during the last twelve hours. The enemy have manifested unusual activity throughout the day. Roemer's battery has troubled them somewhat.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
O. B. WILLCOX,
HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,
August 9, 1864-5.40 p. m.
Honorable G. V. FOX,
Assistant Secretary of the Navy:
The following is from the Richmond Examiner or the 9th:
A dispatch from Mobile, dated August 7, two days latter than our previous advices, states that the situation had not materially changed since the enemy's victory over our iron-clads on last Friday. The Navy Department received a telegram yesterday morning announcing that the Morgan, the only gun-boat of our fleet which was not either sunk, beached, or captured, has succeeded in getting over the bar and reaching Mobile.
BENJ. F. BUTLER,
(Copy to U. S. Grant.)
SPRING HILL, August 9, 1864-7.30 a. m.
Seven cars, partly loaded with troops, just passed the Junction toward Petersburg.
Lieutenant, Signal Officer.
SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF VA. AND N. C.,
In the Field, Va., August 9, 1864.
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VIII. In accordance with orders from Lieutenant-General Grant, the First Regiment, U. S. Volunteers, will at once proceed to Milwaukee, Wis., reporting on their arrival to Major General John Pope, commanding Department of the Northwest. They will proceed via New York. Quartermaster's department will furnish transportation.
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XIII. Colonel Garrard, commanding First U. S. Colored Cavalry, will at once send four companies of his regiment, under the senior major, to report to Brigadier General I. Vodges for provost duty at Norfolk.
By command of Major-General Butler:
R. S. DAVIS,