War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0142 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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brigade of cavalry, they did not know whose, doing duty on a line running from Warwick bridge in a northwesterly direction up to Gurley's house. Fitz Lee's division is not in that vicinity. They heard that Hampton's division went away yesterday morning; it was reported they had gone to the Valley. Chambliss' brigade is now in W. H. F. Lee's division. Two deserters from Finegan's Florida brigade came in to-day, but give no information.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. MCENTEE,

Captain, &c.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 13, 1864 - 5.30 p. m.

Respectfully forwarded for General Grant's information.

G. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 13, 1864 -10 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

Brigadier-General Willcox informs me he has assumed command of the Ninth Corps. No official communications has been received at these headquarters authorizing General Burnside to leave. Has any action been had or taken?

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

CITY POINT, VA., August 13, 1864.

Major-General MEADE:

I have General Burnside leave of absence. The leave is only just made out this evening, and directions were given to communicate the fact to you, and no doubt it would have been communicated in the morning by the assistant adjutant-general. General Parke will command the Ninth Corps. He has gone out this evening.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 13, 1864 - 10 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

The following is referred for the necessary authority to bring up the 10-inch mortars, as under your orders of the 30th ultimo all these mortars were withdrawn and sent to Broadway Landing.

G. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

ARTILLERY HEADQUARTERS, ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 13, 1864.

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: The enemy has established a battery of rifled 32-pounders just behind the crest near the plank road, in front of and about 1,300