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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, August 21, 1864-8 p.m.

Brigadier-General WHITE,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: By direction of the major-general commanding the army I am directed to have the work of slashing and making rifle-pits continued all night until a close connection is perfected from the right of the Fifth Corps through to the line occupied by the Second Corps, I wish you to attend to this work in your front and make a complete connection between General Willcox and General Potter. Please report progress.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. SECOND DIV., NINTH ARMY CORPS,

No. 98.

Before Petersburg, Va., August 21, 1864.

Colonel John I. Curtin, Forty-fifth Pennsylvania Volunteers, is hereby assigned to the command of the First Brigade, Second Division, Ninth Army Corps, and will report without delay accordingly.

By command of Brigadier-General Potter:

SAMUEL WRIGHT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, At General Potter's, near Gurley's House, August 21, 1864.

Brigadier-General FERRERO,

Commanding Fourth Division:

GENERAL: I wish you to relieve the Second Division on the line it now occupies, extending from Warren's position, the right of which is now occupied by General White's division. I wish you to strengthen this line by slashing obstructions and such defenses as may be found available. I wish you to be prepared with a portion of the troops under arms at all times to resist any advance of the enemy that may be made on your front. The Second Division will be massed in the vicinity of Aiken's house. General Porter's staff officer will show you the line. It is possible that the Second Corps, Mott's troops, may extend to the left from the vicinity of the Strong house. If so, you will close to the left, and thus strengthen your line.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 21, 1864-10.15 a.m.

Brigadier-General GREGG,

Commanding Cavalry:

General Warren holds the Weldon railroad at Blick's, Dunlop's, &c. A part of Kautz's cavalry, under command of Colonel Spear, is watching and picketing on his left, probably with one regiment, and the brigade