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cents for lead. Informant states that the quartermaster told him he had not enough money to pay them,and went to borrow some, saying that they must have their money, as they would soon be sent to re-enforce Early. Some of informants think that Hoke's division has gone, but on says he saw the division yesterday,and it would relieve Johnson to-day at 9 a.m. A Mississippi brigade, which informant does not know, went to Early about five days ago; it had been lying in Petersburg.

NOTE.- This must be Humphreys' brigade, of Kershaw's division, which was reported to have been left behind.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. C. BABCOCK.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

OFFICE OF THE PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

September 28, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: A deserter from the Twelfth Virginia, Weisiger's brigade, Mahone's division, came into our lines this a.m. in front of the Ninth Army Corps. He states that he has every reason to believe that two divisions have been sent to Early-Field's, of Longstreet's corps, and Hoke's division, of Beauregard's command-basing his belief on what he has heard by conversation in his brigade.

NOTE.- From the fact that Hoke's division was to have relieved Johnson's yesterday at 5 o'clock and did not, it seems probable it may have gone to Early. Field's division has been lying in reserve on the right-enemy's right.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNO. C. BABCOCK.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

OFFICE OF THE PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

September 28, 1864. (Received 1 p.m.)

Colonel SHARPE,

City Point:

Deserts from Sixth Virginia just in reports that Field's and Hoke's division have gone to Early, the latter yesterday. We have indications going to substantiate this. Will send you at once all information concerning this hereafter received.

J. C. BABCOCK.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT, September 28, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS, Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The following dispatches from signal station are respectfully forwarded:

PLANK ROAD STATION.

At 7.30 a.m. 1,200 infantry came from the woods in vicinity of the fort west of the Weldon railroad and moved toward our left on the line of the railroad. The enemy is working in small force on the line running to the left from the above-mentioned