HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
October 8, 1864 - 2.10 p. m. (Sent 2.22 p. m.)
Commanding Ninth Corps:
If the deserters from MacRae's and McGowan's brigades are still at your headquarters, will you endeavor to ascertain from them where the rest of Heth's and Wilcox's division are, and send any other information of the position of the enemy's troops you have gained to-day? It is desirable to ascertain whether all of Hill's corps, as well as Johnson's division, of Beauregard's troops, are still south of the Appomattox.
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,
October 8, 1864 - 2.40 p. m.
Chief of Staff:
I have again examined these two deserters. One from McGowan's brigade left last evening. Says that McGowan and Lane were here yesterday; that when they left the intrenchments before Petersburg Scales was north of the James and Thomas north of the Appomattox. The other belongs to MacRae's, and says positively that MacRae, Davis, and Cooke were here yesterday, and does not know whether Archer was away or not; thinks not. They do not know anything of Johnson's troops. Owing to a change in provost guard these men were not sent up this morning. I have heard nothing later from General Willcox.
JNumbers G. PARKE,
SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,
Peebles' House, Va., October 8, 1864.
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5. Brigadier General J. F. Hartranft, commanding Second Brigade, First Division, is hereby assigned temporarily to the command of the Third Division, Ninth Army Corps.
By command of Major General John G. Parke:
JNumbers C. YOUNGMAN,
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,
October 8, 1864 - 8.45 a. m.
Major P. M. LYDIG,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:
MAJOR: Hartranft's and McLaughlen's brigades are in line in rear of the cavalry vedettes on both sides of the road. I will move forward again as soon as the connection is established between McLaughlen's