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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, August 22, 1864-8.15 a.m.

Brigadier-General MOTT, Commanding Division, Second Corps:

General Warren reports that the enemy have left his front. His pickets are following, and his command may move forward. The commanding general desires to have you caution your command to great vigilance, as the enemy may look out for some weak point in our lines and endeavor to carry it.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, SECOND CORPS, August 22, 1864.

Official copy furnished for the information of brigade commanders, who will use the utmost vigilance.

By command of Brigadier-General Mott:

JOHN HANCOCK,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, SECOND CORPS, August 22, 1864-9.10 p.m.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: Some deserters who have just come over state that Mahone has withdrawn all his forces from the front of General Warren and now occupy the works in my front. I forward the deserters to army headquarters.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. MOTT,

Brigadier-General.

(Copy to Major-General Warren.)

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, August 22, 1864-6 a.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

General Ayres has just reported that the enemy has left his front. Skirmishers are now being pushed out on the left and in front. Signal officer reports our skirmishers advancing up the railroad and enemy's skirmishers falling back without firing.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS, August 22, 1864-7.20 a.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

The enemy seem to have retired forward Petersburg. I am pushing my pickets out in every direction, trying to find out where they are. As soon as I can ascertain anything definite I will at once inform you. Prisoners and deserters received this morning state that their loss yesterday was heavy.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General.