War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0430 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. SECOND DIV., SECOND ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 75.

October 29, 1864.

The undersigned, on assuming the command of the division, cannot refrain from expressing his great gratification at the testimonials he has received from the division commander and the highest authorities of the gallant conduct of the division in the late engagement near Hatcher's Run. With such conduct in action he feels no fears as to the past gallant reputation of the division being maintained.

JOHN GIBBON,

Major-General of Volunteers, Commanding Division.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 29, 1864.

Major SEPTEMBER CARNCROSS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Corps:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that this command arrived in camp at 5 p. m. yesterday. The Second and Third Brigades were massed near the Southall house, and the First Brigade in rear of Chieves' house. At dark the First Maine Heavy Artillery, Colonel Shepherd commanding, was sent to Cedar Level Station to protect commissary stores.

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

G. MOTT,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

October 29, 1864.

Brevet Major-General MOTT,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The commanding general directs me to say that in ordering a regiment of not less than 140 in strength to be forwarded to Cedar Level Station, last evening, it was intended that the regiment should be about that number. If a regiment of that description cannot be forwarded, then all of the men at Cedar Level Station in excess of about that number will be returned to your present station.

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

SEPTEMBER CARNCROSS,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FIRST BRIGADE, SECOND DIVISION, SECOND CORPS,

October 29, 1864.

Brevet Major-General MOTT,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: Through you I beg to thank Colonel McAllister, commanding your Third Brigade, for indispensable service rendered to myself and command during the recent operations. Colonel McAllister brought up his command at a critical moment when I was almost surrounded by a force of vast disparity of strength. The defiant bearing of the enemy showed that they regarded their combinations as undoubt-