War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0126 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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any number more of organized trains can be sent. I will now hold transports until it is decided about moving troops. Two or three divisions of rebel troops have lately left our front.

RUFUS INGALLS,

Chief Quartermaster.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT,

August 12, 1864.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: Two deserters from Perry's brigade (now Finegan's), Eighth Florida Regiment, came into our lines about 7 o'clock last evening. They bring no important information. As far as they know the enemy's position remains unchanged. They report that the enemy are sinking shafts, either mining or countermining, at a point very near the Jerusalem plank road and on the part of the line occupied by Finegan's (Florida) brigade.

NOTE. - This was reported by one of Finegan's men yesterday, who had seen the shafts. One of them he said was about 150 yards from the Jerusalem plank road, and about sixty yards in rear of the trenches.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. C. BABCOCK,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT,

August 12, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following telegram has just been received:

CITY POINT, August 12, 1864.

J. C. BABCOCK:

Deserters received to-day from Pickett's and Hoke's divisions and Scales' brigade all agree that the cavalry before reported and Kershaw's division are gone to Early. Nothing heard to-day of Field's division, but the probabilities are that he has gone.

SHARPE,

Colonel.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. C. BABCOCK,

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

OFFICE OF THE PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

August 12, 1864 - 6.30 p. m.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: A deserter from the Eighth Alabama, Sanders' brigade, Mahone's division, Hill's corps, came in this afternoon about 1.30 o'clock. He states that he left Richmond last Sunday morning (where he has been for the past two months in hospital) for Petersburg, at which time he saw Kershaw's old brigade marching from the Petersburg depot to the Virginia Central depot, on the way to Early, in the