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HEADQUARTERS TENTH ARMY CORPS,

September 18, 1864

Brigadier-General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

There have been no changes of troops on my line. I have not been advised of the cause of the artillery firing. I would respectfully suggest that the captains and lieutenants who have independent authority to open fire from the heavy guns on my line should, when they do so, advise my division general commanding their line why they do so, so that I can learn the cause. When I took command of this line there was a constant, incessant musket and artillery fire, General Ord losing 1,000 men during a month. I have tried to reduce the matter to a system, and have opened on the town only to stop the fire on my troops. I think it will be found that less ammunition has been expended during my command than during same time preceding, and troops have had more rest and done double the fatigue duty.

D. B. BIRNEY,

Major-General.

HDQRS. LIGHT ARTILLERY Brigadier, TENTH ARMY CORPS,

Before Petersburg, Va., September 18, 1864

Captain CHARLES H. GRAVES,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Tenth Army Corps:

CAPTAIN: I have nothing of importance to report this morning. There was only one round fired at the enemy yesterday. Private George Vanderwarker, Battery H, Third New York, wounded.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

R. H. JACKSON,

Lieutenant Colonel, Assistant Inspector-General and Chief of Artillery.

HDQRS. FIRST Brigadier, FIRST DIV., TENTH ARMY CORPS,

Before Petersburg, Va., September 18, 1864

Captain A. TERRY,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to report that no changes have been made in this command during the past twenty-four hours. The officer of the trenches reports this morning: "The line was during the night very quiet, nothing worthy of mention transpiring." No casualties during the last twenty-four hours.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. C. VORIS,

Colonel Sixty-seventh Ohio Volunteers, Commanding First Brigade.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS,

Near Petersburg, Va., September 18, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel ED. W. SMITH,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

COLONEL: I have the honor to report that there has been no change in the disposition of troops of this division during the past twenty-four hours. A fatigue detail of 200 men has been engaged at work on the