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enemy still in our front, but not in large force; one of their vedette posts was found this morning abandoned. I inclose a document printed in German, picked up between our lines and those of the enemy.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

September 4, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

The following report has been received from the Third Division officer of the day:

The picket-line of Second Brigade has been advanced 100 yards in advance of the ground occupied this morning. The lines on the left of the First Brigade and right of Third Brigade were advanced to form a complete connection. Scouts were sent out. On return report the enemy's vedettes on the edge of the woods; also report the enemy very busy at work on fortifications 300 yards beyond the vedettes.

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

September 4, 1864. (Received 1.15 p.m.)

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

General Hartranft reports that the work connecting with the redoubt at the Strong house will be entirely completed this afternoon.

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

September 4, 1864-9.30 p.m.

Brigadier-General WILLCOX,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

The major-general commanding directs that you at once have all the force possible put upon the construction of the redoubt at the Gurley house and upon the line from the Gurley house to Warren's left, and that the work be pushed to completion as rapidly as possible. Major Richler will have the line from the Gurley house to the Williams house staked out to-morrow morning and will inform you as soon as it is done. The commanding general directs that you at once put upon it as strong working parties as practicable and have it finished as soon as possible.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

September 4, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

I can put about 3,000 colored troops on the work at the Gurley house and line connecting with Warren in the morning. Five hundred white troops are detailed for the corduroy road and it will require a consider-

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