War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0476 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

November 1, 1864 - 8.30 a. m.

Major General W. S. HANCOCK,

Commanding Second Corps:

Your dispatch just received. The commanding general grants you permission to visit General Butler's line to-day at any time you may desire to. We except that medals will be given to all soldiers embraced in the first class of the report you recently forwarded.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

November 1, 1864.

Lieutenant-Colonel MORGAN:

The major-general commanding had directed me to hasten the completion of the new redoubts at the Avery and Dunn houses, and to make additions for strengthening the front line. Your will oblige me by furnishing such details as the engineer officers may call for. I have directed four additional engineer companies to go to the Avery house and camp. The officers and men will take charge of the completion of the works near tht place.

N. MICHLER,

Major of Engineers.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

OFFICE OF CHIEF COMMISSARY OF SUBSISTENCE,

November 1, 1864.

Major S. CARNCROSS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Army Corps:

MAJOR: I have the honor of calling the attention of the major-general commanding to the excellent behavior and gallantry of Adjt. Prince A. Gatchell and First Lieutenant Frank Oakes, and a small detachment from their regiment, the First Maine Heavy Artillery, First Brigade, Third Division, Second Army corps, who rendered me very great assistance in recapturing and bringing of the two guns during the recent fight at Hatcher's Run. I hope these officers will receive an honorable mention for their good conduct on this occasion.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JOSEPH S. SMITH,

Lieutenant-General and Commissary of Subsistence.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. 2nd Brigadier, 1ST DIV., 2nd A. C.,

Numbers 1.

Near Petersburg, Va., November 1, 1864.

In compliance with Special Orders, Numbers 555, headquarters First Division, Second Army Corps, dated October 31, 1864, this brigade is hereby reorganized from this date, and the undersigned assumes command.

Until further orders, the brigade will consist of the following regiments, viz: Sixty-third, Sixty-ninth, and Eighty-eighth Regiments, New York Volunteers. All reports and returns heretofore made by these