War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 0932 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION,

September 19, 1864-1.30 p.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I regret that I misunderstood the purport of your note. I presumed that the force was to be held in reserve to await a development of the intentions of the enemy, as they must be some distance from here. I have and still consider any force in that position as rather mythical. I will, however, go down at once and look after them in person.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

AUGUST V. KAUTZ,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION,

September 19, 1864-4 p.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I proceeded down the stage road toward Sycamore Church and met Colonel Stedman returning. He reports that there is no enemy in the vicinity of Sycamore Church, and that there has not been any there since Friday. I have directed Colonel Stedman to report back to his division with his command. I will investigate Captain Speers' reports and ascertain how far he was justified in reiterating his report of last night this morning.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

AUGUST V. KAUTZ,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS CAVALRY DIVISION,

September 19, 1864-4 p.m.

Captain H. C. WEIR,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Cavalry Division:

CAPTAIN: I directed Colonel Stedman to move his force down on the stage road and send a small force to reconnoiter in the vicinity of Sycamore Church. As I anticipated,he found no enemy, nor has any been seen there since last Friday. I have directed Colonel Stedman to return to his camp and report to you.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

AUGUST V. KAUTZ,

Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS KAUTZ'S CAVALRY DIVISION.

September 19, 1864

Captain H. C. WEIR,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Cavalry Division:

CAPTAIN: I would respectfully call the attention of the general commanding the cavalry to the state of the picket-line held by my command. Commanding on the right, in the vicinity of Davenport Church, there