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a part in this camp, a part at Dutch Gap, and a part at Deep Bottom, and a large portion of them employed in constant manual labor and fatigue duty, contrary the express orders of the War Department.

Fourth. My division consisting of two brigades only, and being called upon to garrison four redoubts with infantry and furnish a large force of laborers at Dutch Gap, I submit to my superior officers that I should not be called upon to supply a provost-guard for Deep Bottom, where there is a large force of other troops, or a garrison for Fort Brady which is more properly the duty of the Eighteenth Corps.

Eighth. It is necessary to ascertain what has become of sixteen men not report by Colonel Road. In a communication he reports 206 men in the detachment at Deep Bottom, while the regimental records show 222. Unless this discrepancy is promptly looked into the resultant will be confusion in the returns.

Your obedient servant,

WM. BIRNEY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS,

In the Field, Va., November 8, 1864.

Lieutenant WILLIAM P. SHREVE,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General:

SIR: I have the honor to report the result of the voting to-day in this divisions as follows: First Brigade, Lincoln, 5; McClellan, 0. Second Brigade, Lincoln, 27; McClellan, 4. Total, Lincoln, 32; McClellan, 4.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

WM. BIRNEY,

Brigadier-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

November 8, 1864.

Major-General TERRY:

Second New Hampshire, Lincoln, 65; McClellan, 4. Tenth New Hampshire, Lincoln, 14; McClellan, 46. Thirteenth New Hampshire, Lincoln, 86; McClellan, 40. Fifty-eighth Pennsylvania, Lincoln, 80, McClellan, 49. One hundred and eighty-eight Pennsylvania, Lincoln, 204; McClellan, 174. Fifth Maryland, Lincoln, 213; McClellan, 21. Fifty-fifth Pennsylvania, Lincoln, 116; McClellan, 117. Ninth Vermont, Lincoln, 20; McClellan, 2. Fight Maine, Lincoln, 179; McClellan, 15. Second Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, Lincoln, 452; McClellan, 297. Nineteenth Wisconsin, Lincoln, 66; McClellan, 73. First Pennsylvania, Battery A, Lincoln 53; McClellan, 23; officers of Provisional Brigade, Lincoln, 23; McClellan, 0; total, Lincoln, 1,571; McClellan, 861. Majority for Lincoln, 710.

G. WEITZEL,

Brevet Major-General.

CIRCULAR.] HDQRS. FIRST DIV., EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

November 8, 1864.

The frequency of desertions shows that there must be inefficiency on the part of the vedettes and pickets. No less than six men, not them selves belonging to the picket, are report to have deserted during