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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 6, 1864-9.40 a. m.

General WILLIAMS:

Certain changes in the disposition of troops were made last night, the details of which will be sent during the day. Two contrabands and one deserter received from Petersburg last night. They report no change.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

Deserted House, before Petersburg, Va.,

Numbers 252.

October 6, 1864.

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4. Bvt. Brigadier General H. L. Brown, volunteer service, having reported at these headquarters in obedience to instructions from headquarters Army of the Potomac, will report for further instructions to Brigadier General N. A. Miles, commanding First Division.

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By order of Major-General Hancock:

H. H. BINGHAM,

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

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 6, 1864.

An officer from these headquarters, who was on the line to-day,m reports that about 3.30 flags of truce were flying from the enemy's line and from ours, two being in the vicinity of Fort Rice on the old line of works. The general does not object to cessation of picket-firing or informal truce for temporary purposes, but objects to the display of flags as described, except by authority, and requests that you will give the necessary instructions to your officers to put an end to this irregularity. If the enemy's pickets and vedettes wish a cessation of the firing they can indicate it by ceasing to fire and not by resort to flags. If they continue to use them, the general does not wish the example imitated.

By order of Major-General Hancock:

H. H. BINGHAM,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 6, 1864.

Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM WILSON,

Eighty-first Pennsylvania Volunteers:

COLONEL: The brigadier-general commanding directs me to inform you that the command of the First Brigade devolves upon you, and that you assume the command at once.

I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. R. DRIVER,

Assistant Adjutant-General.