War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0616 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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Informant thinks Scales' brigade is lying to the right of McGowan's. Has only been in the army but a week and has little information. The accompanying report* from officer at City Point that Scales' brigade has gone to North Carolina is not corroborated by our information here. Deserter yesterday reports having seen Scales' brigade the day before. The report that Kirkland's brigade has been attached to Hoke's division is perhaps erroneous, and may have arisen from the fact that General Kirkland has taken command of Martin's old brigade, of Hoke's division; but General MacRae is commanding the old Pettigrew brigade, still attached to Heth's division.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant.

JNumbers C. BABCOCK.

HDQRS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, SIGNAL DEPARTMENT,

November 14, 1864.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: The several signal stations have no changes or movements to report, excepting about 4.40 p. m. a small body of troops was apparently moving toward the left, as was indicated by the glistening of bayonets over the work to the west of what we term the large fort near the Weldon railroad. They were four or five minutes passing.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

B. F. FISHER,

Major and Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac.

SPECIAL ORDERS,

WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Numbers 397.

Washington, November 14, 1864.

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7. Surg. John J. Milhau, U. S. Army, is hereby relieved from duty in the Army of the Potomac, and will report in person without delay to the commanding general Department of the East for assignment to duty in New York City.

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23. At his own request, Brigadier General John R. Brooke, U. S. Volunteers, is hereby relieved from duty as a member of the general court-martial convened by Special Orders, Numbers 41, January 27, 1864, from this office, and will proceed without delay to join his proper command in the Army of the Potomac.

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By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

November 14, 1864.

General WILLIAMS:

No changes in the lines since last report.

WINF'D S. HANCOCK,

Major-General.

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*See Mc Entee to Humphreys, November 13, p. 613.

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