HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,
October 26, 1864-11.25 p.m.
Commanding First Division:
GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you move your command promptly at 3.30 in the morning, keeping your brigades well closed, and taking the road cut through the parapet to the right of Fort Cummings (by General Ferrero). General Warren will take the road on the left of Fort Cummings, and the general commanding wishes you to be careful and have it kept clear.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
JNumbers C. YOUNGMAN,
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,
October 26, 1864-11.55 p.m.
Captain JOHN C. YOUNGMAN,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Ninth Army Corps:
CAPTAIN: Am I to understand from the dispatch dated headquarters Ninth Army Corps, 11.25 p.m., just received, directing my command to move through the parapet on the right of Fort Cummings, the brigades being well closed up, that there is any change in the orders of the early part of the evening relative to McLaughlen's brigade?
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
O. B. WILLCOX,
CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,
October 26, 1864.
Brigade commanders will hold their commands in readiness to march promptly at 3 a.m. to-morrow. Tattoo will be beaten at the usual time this evening, and after tattoo the officers will see that the men go to sleep in order that they may have a good night's rest. There will be no reveille in the morning. The troops will be kept well at hand, so that they can be aroused without unnecessary noise. The burning of rubbish or dry lumber, which has been collected in the camps, and which is usually burned before a march, is strictly forbidden. There will be no unnecessary fires whatever either to-night or to-morrow morning. The movement will be made as quickly as possible, so as not to excite the suspicion of the enemy. Brigade commanders will be held responsible that these directions are carried out.
By command of Brigadier General O. B. Willcox:
JNumbers D. BERTOLETTE,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
October 26, 1864.
Brigadier General D. McM. GREGG,
Commanding Second Cavalry Division:
GENERAL: I am instructed by the commanding general to say that the commanding officer of the detachment of armed dismounted men