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companies; Eighth Delaware Volunteers, Captain R. J. Holt, three companies; Sixty-first Massachusetts Volunteers, Lieutenant Co. C. F. Walcott, five companies.

II. Captain A. Webster, assistant quartermaster volunteers, is hereby assigned to special duty at these headquarters.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

T. S. BOWERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, OFFICE OF THE PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

October 19, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: Five deserters have been forwarded to-day from Archer's and Davis' brigades, of Heth's division, and Gracie's brigade, of Johnson's division. No change of the enemy's position on the part of the lines occupied by the above divisions. No knowledge of any arrivals form the north or south.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNumbers C. BABCOCK.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 19, 1864-9 a.m.

Major FISHER:

Sergeant Carothers reports all quiet and no changes in enemy's camps or lines. Jordan reports all quiet. He thinks the new forts of enemy are for mortars, as he saw nos sign of embrasures.

THICKSTUN,

Captain and Signal Officer.

HDQRS. ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

October 19, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: I have the honor to state that the signal stations along our front report all quiet in the enemy's lines and no changes visible.

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

WM. S. STRYKER,

Acting Chief Signal Officer.

CHURCH ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

October 19, 1864-10 a. m.

Captain PAINE:

About forty men were engaged at 8 a. m. laying wire obstructions before the enemy's abatis near Boisseau's. Works laying between fort 30 degrees east of north and lead-works are nearly evacuated. But few tents or men are visible in that vicinity.

J. L. PRAY,

Sergeant.