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Williams house and Smith house; redoubts will be put up there if time admits, which is doubtful. The redoubt at the Gurley house will be worked at to-night.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

SPECIAL ORDERS.

HDQRS. ARTY. Brigadier, 2nd ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 143.

September 4, 1864.

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The batteries on the line will be in readiness to move at short notice, but will not hitch and harness until further orders. Batteries not on the line will be ready to move at very short notice, but will not hitch and harness until further orders.

By command of Major John G. Hazard:

U. D. EDDY,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. ARTY. Brigadier, 2nd ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 143.

September 4, 1864.

During the temporary absence of Major John G. Hazard, Captain F. M. Edgell, First New Hampshire Battery, senior officer, will assume command of the brigade.

By command of Major John G. Hazard:

U. D. EDDY,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, SECOND CORPS,

September 4, 1864.

Major General W. S. HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

GENERAL: In reply to yours of the 3rd instant I would state that General Meade, in conversation at my headquarters on the morning after the battle at Reams' Station, did say that you had from 16,000 to 20,000 troops at your command. To make this number it was understood that he (General Meade) included General Willcox's division, of the Ninth Corps and the parts of two brigades from this division, which were ordered to report to you.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. MOTT,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

September 4, 1864.

Brigadier General G. MOTT,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding desires you to hold your line with not more than 2,000 men to the mile of entrenchments on the right of the plank road. On the lett preparations will be made to hold the lines by means of the redoubt on the plank road and the one at the Strong house and the usual picket. To this end the abatis will be perfected and the ground cleared as well as practicable, to allow the forts