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CONFIDENTIAL.] HDQRS. THIRD DIV., SECOND ARMY CORPS,

September 4, 1864.

Colonel ROBERT McALLISTER,

Commanding Third Brigade:

COLONEL: I am directed by the brigadier-general commanding to inform you that it is reported that General Early is coming down and will likely make an attack on or near the Jerusalem plank road. You will perfect the abatis in your front and around the fort. A good commander will be selected for the fort and a garrison of 600 men for the same. It may be necessary to withdraw the rest of your forces, with the exception of your picket-line, at any moment. In the meanwhile keep your men at work as above, and have the ground cleared as well as practicable to allow the forts to have a fair sweep. Any old breastworks in your front will be destroyed.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. H. LOCKWOOD,

Lieutenant and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

You will instruct your picket to be very watchful and your men vigilant, and report promptly to these headquarters any movements or changes of the enemy.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

September 4, 1864.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have the honor to report that nothing of importance occurred in my front during yesterday or last night. Details numbering 2,400 men were at work yesterday on the defenses.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

September 4, 1864-9.40 a.m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Two deserters from Cobb's Legion (Georgia cavalry) came in last evening. They say they belong in Maine, and were conscripted about three months ago. They are now on their way to army headquarters, mounted on their own horses.

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

September 4, 1864-9 a.m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

I have the honor to report that nothing unusual has taken place on my line during the last twenty-four hours. Scouting parties report the