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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

November 5, 1864. (Sent 5.08 p. m.)

Major-General HANCOCK, Commanding Second Corps:

The commanding general requests me to say certainly the disposition you mention would be the best. The suggestion he made was only intended to be general.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General and Chief of Staff.

ORDERS.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

November 5, 1864.

The following disposition of troops will be made to-night:

General Mott and Gibbon will place most of their reserves along the curtains connecting the inclosed works, leaving out small reserves only for special purpose.

General Mott will occupy the line between Forts Davis and Sedgwick and the rear line at the latter work.

The chief of artillery will place a section of guns in Battery 22, and one in the second line at Fort Sedqwick.

General Miles will place one brigade of his division in rear of Fort Stedman, in the ravine, one in rear of Fort Morton, and one near the Chieves house, and not far from Fort Davis.

The remaining brigade will garrisons of 100 men each for Forts Bross, Patrick Kelly, and Blaisdell, and 200 men for Fort Stevenson.

The remainder of this brigade will be placed as a reserve to that part of the line near Fort Rice.

By order of Major-General Hancock:

C. H. MORGAN,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Chief of Staff.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

Numbers 279. Deserted House, before Petersburg, Va.

November 5, 1864.

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5. Under instructions from the headquarters Army of the Potomac of this date leave of absence is granted to the following-named officers: Brigadier General Thomas A. Smyth, U. S. Volunteers, for ten days; Surg. A. n. Dougherty, medical director Second Army Corps, for ten days.

By order of Major-General Hancock:

SEPTEMBER CARNCROSS,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. ARTILLERY BRIGADE, SECOND ARMY CORPS,

November 5, 1864.

Major SEPTIMUS CARNCROSS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Corps:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that yesterday the enemy opened from a fort on the hill in front of Fort Stedman with a 20-pounder gun