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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

September 18, 1864-11.40 p.m. (Received 11.50 p.m.)

Brigadier-General BENHAM,

Commanding Engineer Brigade, City Point:

Some movements of the enemy's cavalry are reported in vicinity of Sycamore Church, which may have significance in connection with City Point and that vicinity. The commanding general directs that you take command of the troops there for its defense. General Patrick will order the commanding officer of the troops serving in his department at City Point to report to you for orders in that connection. A battery of artillery was sent there on Friday.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

OFFICE OF PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

September 18, 1864, (Received 12 p.m.)

Colonel GATES,

Commanding Post and Defenses, City Point, Va.:

COLONEL: You will report to Brigadier-General Benham, at City Point, for any duty connected with the defense of the point. Suspicious movements of the enemy have been observed near Sycamore Church.

By command of provost-marshal-general:

A. J. DALLAS,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

September 18, 1864-9 a.m.

General S. WILLIAMS:

There has been no material change in the disposition of my lines since last report. There are about 1,800 on fatigue from the corps to-day. The brigade at the Finn house returned to its camp yesterday.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC.

September 18, 1864-11 p.m. (Received 11.10 p.m.)

Major-General HANCOCK:

Hunt will send one of his reserve batteries to report to Lieutenant-Colonel Pierce. You had better keep your artillery with you. The rebel cavalry are reported on the Blackwater, and a small party, some fifteen, was seen and driven on the road from Sycamore Church this evening at a point three miles from the church. I don't know what they are up to; it may be dash at City Point, or it may be an attempt to interrupt our communications on the river.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.