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movements of troops by the enemy were observed yesterday afternoon and this morning. They have been reported to headquarters Army of the Potomac by the signal officers.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, September 16, 1864.

General HUMPHREYS:

Do you think the fort on the Norfolk road had better be occupied? General Mott tells me that he has been appointed a brevet major-general to date from September 9, 1864. He is at a loss to know who made him.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, September 16, 1864-11 a.m.

(Received 11.10 a.m.)

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

The commanding general thinks you had better send some infantry to the redoubt on the Norfolk road, say half a brigade and a battery of artillery.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, September 16, 1864-12 m.

(Received 12.05 p.m.)

Major-General HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

General Davies has moved all his available cavalry down the plank road to intercept Hampton's cavalry on its return. The commanding general directs that you send a strong brigade with a battery of artillery down the plank road to the fork of the road leading to Reams' Station to cover the flank and rear of the cavalry during the operation. The troops you send will withdraw to their former camp as soon as the cavalry returns.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, September 16, 1864.

(Received 12.15 p.m.)

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS:

I have ordered a strong brigade (they are not very strong in the First and Second Division) to the forks of the plank and Reams' Station roads with a battery of artillery, to return when the cavalry do.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.