War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0250 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 258.

October 16, 1864.

The following dispositions are ordered and will be at once carried into effect:

I. Brigadier-General Griffin will extend his line from where it connects with the Ninth Corps to a point half way between the Squirrel Level road and the Vaughan road.

II. Brigadier-General Ayres will hold the line from General Griffin's right to Fort Wadsworth.

III. Brigadier-General Baxter will hold Fort Wadsworth and the line from thence to Battery 24.

IV. The garrisons of Forts Wadsworth and Dushane will be reduced to 300 men each. A small force of two companies from the Third Division will be stationed at Fort Davison.

By command of Brigadier-General Crawford:

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

October 16, 1864

Brigadier-General WILLIAMS:

I have the honor to report all quiet along my lines last night. Five men are reported as having deserted from Second Division, this corps.

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

October 16, 1864.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

I have the honor to report that a scouting party sent last night to Temple's, on the plank road, found in that vicinity about seventy-five of the enemy's cavalry. The enemy generally have a picket-post at that point. The officer commanding the regiment on picket, from which the scouting party was sent, reports that the rebel pickets were driven off and his party remained at Temple's until after daylight. Nothing new on any other portion of the cavalry line.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. McM. GREGG,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding Second Division.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

October 16, 1864.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that the Twenty-first Pennsylvania Cavalry is mounted and will join this division to-day. I there-fore request that another regiment be sent to report at the depot near City Point. I would recommend that the Twenty-fourth New York be sent if it can be as well spared as any other regiment.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. McM. GREGG,

Brigadier-General of Volunteers, Commanding Second Division.