HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
November 6, 1864-4.30 p. m.
I have the just returned from examining the picket-line. I think that General Hancock's line extends perhaps 100 yards west of the northwest line from Battery Numbers 24, but the junction is at a corner of a field, which made a very good natural point to indicate as such in instructions. In Battery Numbers 24 I have a section of Hart's battery; the infantry there are Second Corps troops, One hundred and forty-first Pennsylvania Volunteers, I believe.
G. K. WARREN,
Major-General of Volunteers.
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,
November 6, 1864.
Chief of Staff:
Nothing unusual along our lines. Two deserters from Seventh and Eighteenth North Carolina came in last eve. What was the occasion and result of the heavy firing at midnight?*
JNumbers G. PARKE,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
November 6, 1864.
The major-general commanding directs that you make a strong reconnaissance to-morrow well down in the direction of the Weldon railroad, to ascertain if any movement toward our rear is going on or about being made. You will take with you all your available force, leaving the position and movements of the enemy (if any), and upon accomplishing the object of the reconnaissance you will return to your position and report the result. You will advise the commanding general of the progress of y our reconnaissance.
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Major-General and Chief of Staff.
HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,
November 6, 1864-10.20 p. m.
Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: as your communication, directing a reconnaissance to-morrow, does not indicate the hour at which I shall move my command I would respectfully inquire if, in your opinion it would not well for me to delay moving until about the middle of the day, so that I may
*For answer, see Meade to Grant (same to Warren and Parke), 10.30 a. m., p. 528.