War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0546 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

November 7, 1864.

General HUMPHREYS:

GENERAL: The commander of my picket-line on the river reports that during the p. m. two guns were moved by the enemy from their left to their center. A verbal report was sent to the corps officer of the day just before dark, by the picket officer, that the enemy were heard at work cutting timber opposite the island. At this place there is only about thirty feet of deep water between our side and the island. It is possible the enemy may be fixing bridges to communicate with their pickets in the marsh at that place. I have directed General Gibbon to keep a very close watch across the river, and have sent a staff officer to the point referred to make observations.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

HDQRS. ARTILLERY BRIGADE, SECOND ARMY CORPS,

November 7, 1864.

Major SEPTIMUS CARNCROSS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Second Corps:

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that nothing of importance has occurred on the line during the past twenty- four hours. Batteries C and I, fifth U. S. Artillery, Lieutenant Beck, commanding, moved out into the new fort near the Avery house; expended four rounds of ammunition.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNumbers G. HAZARD,

Major, Commanding.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. ARTY. BRIGADE, SECOND CORPS,

Numbers 187. November 7, 1864.

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II. Lieutenant Campbell, commanding Battery F, First Pennsylvania Artillery, will have one section of his battery hitched and harnessed immediately and report in person to General Miles, commanding First Division, Second Army Corps, for further orders.

By command of Major John G. Hazard:

U. D. EDDY,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

November 7, 1864-8 p. m.

Brigadier-General MILES,

Commanding First Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you have a good regiment in readiness to proceed on short notice to the Appomattox, opposite the island ore elsewhere, should there be any indications of an attempt by enemy to cross. A section of artillery has been