War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0784 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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by draft. Illinois is much the same way. Not a regiment or even company there has been organized. A special call from you would aid the department in overcoming the local inertia and personal interests that favor delay.


Secretary of War.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, September 11, 1864-12.30 p. m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I have nothing of importance to report this morning. General Birney telegraphs that a deserter reports the enemy mining on his left (our right), and that troops are being moved in rear of the Crater. General Hancock reports that through a misconception of his orders by the commanding officer of the pickets the enemy was enabled last night to recapture a small portion of the line taken from him the night previous. Generals Parke and Warren report all quiet on their lines.


Major-General, Commanding.

CITY POINT, September 11, 1864. (Received 1 p. m.)

Major-General MEADE:

The general commanding wishes to know whether you have received a report of the number of prisoners taken by General Hancock yesterday morning.


Lieutenant-Colonel and Aide-de-Camp.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, September 11, 1864-1.05 p. m.

Lieutenant Colonel HORACE PORTER, Aide-de-Camp:

The provost-marshal-general reports receiving 85 prisoners of war from Second Corps. These were taken on the night of the 9th and morning of the 10th, when General Hancock advanced his picket-line. I find in my dispatch of this a. m. [12.30 p. m.], to the lieutenant-general commanding, I inadvertently committed an error. It was on the morning of the 10th, and not last night, that the enemy retook a portion of the captured line, the operation being effected soon after Hancock's advance-indeed, being almost a part of it.


Major-General, Commanding.

CITY POINT, VA., September 11, 1864.

Major-General MEADE:

Has General Birney taken any steps to countermine against the enemy or to construct works in rear of where their mine is likely to terminate?