War of the Rebellion: Serial 088 Page 1100 Chapter LIV. OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, September 29, 1864. (Received 6.45 a.m.)

General WILLIAMS:

The enemy made an attack with 200 or 300 men on left of picket-line First Division last night, but accomplished nothing but the capture of one man, who afterward escaped. One man of Twenty-eight Massachusetts deserted to the enemy this morning. He cannot know much, except as to issue of ammunition,&c. The First Division picked heard infantry and artillery moving in the night, but were unable to ascertain the nature of the movement. General Mott, Third Division, thought last night that the enemy had taken up their second line in his front, holding their first with a thin line, but could not ascertain anything definite. He could see one gun in the large fort immediately in front of Fort Sedgwick.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

(Forwarded to General Grant.)

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

September 29, 1864. (Received 7.10 a.m.)

General HUMPHREYS:

A deserters from Twenty-seventh North Carolina came into my line at the Norfolk railroad this morning. He has been in only four weeks and knows nothing whatever, except that his regiment is in the rifle-pits.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

September 29, 1864-3.40 p.m. (Received 4 p.m.)

General WILLIAMS:

The enemy are reported as forming a line behind the fort opposite Fort Stedman. The information comes from Colonel Lynch,commanding brigade of First Division. The information is not sufficiently definite to give me much apprehension of an attack. I am having the matter examined.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

September 29, 1864-8.16 p.m. (Received 8.50 p.m.)

General HUMPHREYS:

This report just received from General Miles, but it fails to state the hour; supposed to be the some troops reported from the signal station:

FIRST DIVISION, SECOND ARMY CORPS,

September 29, 1864.

Major BINGHAM,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have the honor to report that some maneuvering by the enemy - parties, ranging from a regiment to a brigade - having been observed during the day, I have strengthened the front line of my left brigade with about 125 men, and my center brigade with about 450 men.

N. A. MILES,

Brigadier-General.