War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0526 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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yet organized. Captain Brownson, of my staff, was mortally wounded, dying during the night. Colonel Walker, assistant adjutant-general, is missing. It is acknowledged to have been one of the most determined and desperate fights of the war, resembling Spotsylvania in its character, through the number of engaged gives it less importance. A few more good troops would have given us a victory of considerable importance. I forward this morning prisoners from Field, Wilcox, and Heth. Major Angel, of my staff, saw and conversed with two prisoners of Mahone's division last night. I do not find them this morning. They said Mahone's division, with the exception of one brigade, was there.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

(Copy to General Grant 10.15 a. m.)

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 26, 1864-2.15 p. m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps, near Williams' house:

General Hunt will direct Wright's and Durell's batteries of the Ninth corps to report to you. They are now near the Chieves house. One is a four-gun, the other a six-gun battery, both rifled. They appear to be the only ones available.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 26, 1864-5 p. m.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

General Hunt finds the two available batteries of the Ninth Corps that were at the Chieves house have been removed. The Ninth Corps must have with it more batteries than it can use. It has twelve batteries; three of them General Hunt has in position in the intrenchments, leaving nine batteries with the troops of the corps.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

August 26, 1864 (Received 6 p. m.)

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

The following dispatch has just been received by signal:

SIGNAL STATION.

Captain TAYLOR:

At 4.45 p. m. a column of enemy's infantry appeared, moving from the south along a road near the Weldon railroad toward Petersburg. The column occupied one hour in passing. About a regiment of cavalry also passed in same direction.

THICKSTUN,

Signal Officer.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK.