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one point-a salient-but not at any other. I do not know what his loss was, but it must have been heavy, and that of the enemy greater. Will let you know particulars when they are received.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

August 26, 1864-10 a. m.

Major-General ORD,

Bermuda Hundred:

I hear firing in your direction. Is anything going on?

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General, Commanding.

(Same to Major-General Birney.)

GENERAL ORD'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 26, 1864-11 a. m.

General MEADE:

General Ord directs me to reply to your telegram that there has been no firing on his line between James and Appomattox, with the exception of a few guns which amounted to nothing.

GEO. A. KENSEL,

Lieutenant-Colonel and Acting Chief of Staff.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF SIGNAL OFFICER, August 26, 1864.

Colonel J. W. SHAFFER,

Chief of Staff:

COLONEL: The signal officer at Spring Hill reports that "at 7.35 a. m. eleven cars heavily loaded with troops passed the Junction toward Petersburg."

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

L. B. NORTON,

Captain and Chief Signal Officer.

WATER BATTERY, August 26, 1864.

(Received 2.15 p. m.)

Captain NORTON:

The 100-pounder Parrot in the Water Battery has opened on Howlett's. The enemy are replying.

BRUYN,

Lieutenant and Signal Officer.

BUTLER'S HEADQUARTERS,

August 26, 1864. (Received 9.30 a. m.)

Colonel ABBOT:

Send three 8-inch mortars to Major Ludlow at Dutch Gap.

By command of Major-General Butler:

J. W. SHAFFER,

Colonel and Chief of Staff.