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highest value. Manning sends me work just now that he has just examined an intelligent deserter from Twenty-fourth Virginia, Terry's brigade, who says that Mahone is not there, and that Pickett, which Thomas' brigade, Wilcox's division, only, are before their intrenchments.

SHARPE,

Colonel.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

[August 25, 1864.]

Colonel SHARPE,

City Point:

General Hancock was attacked six times by the enemy and repulsed them five times, with heavy loss to them and light on our part. In the sixth attack they broke through Barlow's division, and captured several guns. The balance of Hancock's line held its position until evening, when it is said both parties retired. The Fifth Corps was not engaged, but holds its old position, Second in rear of Fifth.

J. McENTEE.

Captain.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

In the Field, August 25, 1864-1.30 p. m.

Colonel SHARPE:

I find Field still on north side of James. Can get no positive information of any of Wilcox's division. Mahone arrived in the rear of Pickett's division this a. m. at 1 o'clock. He is going to relieve Pickett, it is stated, who is going to Petersburg. I leave immediately for Washington will do my work while gone and keep you informed thereof. The flag of truce letters received. They shall be forwarded.

JOHN I. DAVENPORT,

Lieutenant, Aide-de-Camp, and Assistant Provost-Marshal.

HEADQUARTERS,

August 25, 1864-6.30 p. m.

Colonel SHARPE,

City Point:

Several deserters arrived since Davenport left. They report no changes. Just examined deserter from Twenty-fourth Virginia, Terry's brigade, in our front, He is quite intelligent and says Mahone is not there. Pickett's division, with Thomas' brigade, Wilcox's division, only before our intrenchments. The prisoners have been sent to Bermuda. I have had possession of this office but a few hours.

FRED. L. MANNING,

Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp.