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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

August 25, 1864-1.10 p. m.

Brigadier-General POTTER,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: I wish you to relieve General White's division, both on his main line and picket-line, and also make arrangements to relieve the picket line of the Third Division. Please have a sharp lookout kept in your front and report as soon as possible the state of affairs in your front. Please hold your men in readiness to move at a moment's notice.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

Reams' Station, August 25, 1864-4.30 p. m.

General WILLCOX,

Commanding Division, Ninth Corps:

For security here I wish you would march your division, with perhaps a battery of artillery and no wagons, to this point rapidly. Look out for both flanks when you arrive near me, if you hear any firing in the neighborhood.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

August 25, 1864-6.15 a. m.

Brigadier-General GREGG,

Commanding Second Division, Cavalry Corps:

GENERAL: Major-General Hancock directs me to say that he has decided to send out a force toward the enemy's supposed position at the fork of the stage and Reams' Station roads, to ascertain whether any infantry is in our front, and, if possible, to drive away the enemy's cavalry, in order to give us earlier information should any considerable force advance. The general will give you a good brigade of infantry with all of your own force you can get together, and wishes you to arrange the necessary preliminaries before he sees you. He will be at your headquarters during the course of an hour.

C. H. MORGAN.

Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA,

August 25, 1864-8.45 a. m. (Received 9.15 a. m.)

Forwarded for the information of Lieutenant-General Grant. I think this is Pickett's division going to take Mahone's place.

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER,

August 25, 1864-8.20 a. m.

Colonel J. W. SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: The signal officer at Spring Hill reports that at 8 a. m. fourteen cars heavily loaded with troops passed the Junction toward Petersburg.

L. B. NORTON,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

B. F. BUTLER.

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