War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0039 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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line, about elbow to elbow. Where he is there are few pieces of artillery in the front line, the most of it being in the large works in rear, commanding the first.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, October 2, 1864-11.45 a. m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

Our advance this a. m. found the enemy withdrawn from their position of last night. Parke and Warren are developing their position. From reports of signal officers I infer they have retired to their former and main line of works; if so, I shall take up a position, connect with the Weldon road, guard my left flank, and await attack, unless otherwise directed. The battery around the Jordan house, Numbers 4, requires a garrison of about 150 men and should be inclosed. Please have one detailed and let the work be done.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, October 2, 1864-5 p. m.

Major-General HANCOCK:

We are all prepared for Lee if he desires to come. Our line is extended over two miles to the west of the Weldon railroad. Pretty well intrenched already. No appearance of an advance as yet. Have you seen the article in Richmond Enquirer of 27th, copied in Herald of 30th, fifth page, bottom of column?

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, October 2, 1864.

General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

A Petersburg paper of October 1, just received, has been sent to you by orderly. It contains an account of operations on both ends of the line, but I notice nothing very important. The cavalry picket at Mount Zion Church was fired on this evening about an hour before dark. Two parties of the enemy of five men each were seen.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HDQRS. ARTILLERY BRIGADE, SECOND ARMY CORPS, October 2, 1864.

Major H. H. BINGHAM,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Corps:

I have the honor to report that yesterday at about 4 p. m. a section of the Fourteenth Massachusetts Battery was moved into Fort Bross, and a section of the Third Vermont Battery was taken from Battery Numbers 17 and put in position at Prince George Court-House. The other