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[First indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

October 6, 1864.

Respectfully returned.

General Gibbon will explain, and return this paper by bearer, why the garrison at Fort Sedgwick was not relieved as directed in orders of yesterday.

By order of Major-General Hancock:

H. H. BINGHAM,

Major, Judge-Advocate and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Second indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION,

October 6, 1864.

The garrison of Fort Sedgwick was relieved this morning about 2 o'clock. The present commander of the Third Division informed my staff officer that he had no difficulty in relieving the garrison, the commander simply being particular as to who and what was relieving him, which was in conformity with the instructions I gave.

Respectfully,

JOHN GIBBON,

Major-General of Volunteers, Commanding Division.

[Third indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

October 6, 1864.

Respectfully referred to commanding officer Third Division for his information.

Please see indorsement of General Gibbon. His communication did not reach these headquarters until a late hour this morning and shortly before General Gibbon's morning report was received.

By order of Major-General Hancock:

H. H. BINGHAM,

Major, Judge-Advocate and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, SECOND CORPS,

October 5, 1864.

General Pierce will immediately relieve the troops of Colonel McAllister in breast-works near Clements' hose and also his pickets. Colonel McAllister will call in his working parties, and as soon as his pickets are relieved will relieve the troops of General Ferrero between Forts Davis and Alexander Hays, reporting to Major-General Hancock.

By command of Brevet Major-General Mott:

J. P. FINKELMEIER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. ARTILLERY BRIGADE, SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 5, 1864.

Major H. H. BINGHAM,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Corps:

I have the honor to report that about 7.30 p. m. yesterday the enemy opened sharply with musketry on our picket-line. At the same time