War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 1056 Chapter LIV. OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, September 27, 1864.

Major-General WARREN:

The signal officer reports a force of the enemy, about two regiments, north-northwest from the Aiken house, struck camp this a.m.; marched out camp, and have again returned, standing in company streets under arms.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, FIFTH ARMY CORPS, September 27, 1864.

General WARREN,

Commanding:

GENERAL: I saw Parke this afternoon. He tells me that eight or ten deserters from the Sixth Virginia came into his lines to-day, who report that great depression exists among the men of the rebel army; that it was well known that Early had been twice defeated in the Valley, and that a rumor prevailed to-day that our cavalry was in Gordonsville. Do you wish me to occupy the entire line from Fort Howard to the right of Ayres? If so, I have no reserve. I understood that Ayres was to move to the right yesterday. The camps vacated by the Ninth Corps were so filthy that I have ordered my regiments to new ground in rear.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. W. CRAWFORD,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, FIFTH CORPS, September 27, 1864.

General WARREN,

Commanding:

GENERAL: I called to-day to ask whether you desired that I should occupy the whole line from Fort Howard to Ayres' left. I beg that you will direct differently, as now I have no reserve whatever. Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

S. W. CRAWFORD,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, September 27, 1864-9 a.m. (Received 10.30 a.m.)

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have the honor to report that nothing unusual occurred on my line during the last twenty-four hours. Six rebel deserters came through the lines of the Third Division since last report. One was sent to headquarters yesterday morning, the rest will be forwarded this morning.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.