HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, September 9, 1864.
At 1 o'clock to-night I propose to try and capture or drive off the enemy's picket-line in my front to the right and left of the plank road.
WINF'D S. HANCOCK,
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, September 9, 1864.
Chief of Staff:
Deserters from Mahone's division, who left their picket last night, report no addition to the forces in this vicinity. They say there is considerable despondency among the Georgia troops since Sherman's victory. Three of them belong to the Third Georgia. General Grant's order is getting to be known, but there is much talk of the terms on which deserters will be received, few having a chance to see the order.
O. B. WILLCOX,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS, September 9, 1864.
I am about making an attack to obtain the enemy's pickets in my front, the right and left of the plank road. The troops going in will probably come out at the Strong house, a little to your right. The hour fixed is 1 o'clock.
WINF'D S. HANCOCK,
HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS, September 9, 1864.
Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: I have the honor to report all quiet on the line of the Second Division. Last evening at dark a few of the enemy's cavalry appeared on the plank road in front of my vedettes. I will make an examination of the country in front of the Gurley house, and if practicable will push the line farther out to-day.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
D. McM. GREGG,
Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding Second Division.
DUTCH GAP, VA., September 9, 1864.
Colonel HENRY L. ABBOT,
Commanding Siege Artillery:
COLONEL: I have the honor to report that from twenty to thirty shells have been fired by the enemy at the canal to-day, but two of which took effect. The remainder burst wide, doing no damage to any one.