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NORFOLK, November 20, 1864.

Major-General BUTLER:

Several refugees report a mine on the right of Lee's lines between the Boydton and Jerusalem plank roads, to blow up a hill to our left in case we occupy it.

SHEPLEY,

Brigadier-General.

(Copy to General Patrick.)

CITY POINT, VA., November 21, 1864.

Major-General MEADE:

Have you any information of any changes or movements of the enemy in your front? I f so, please communicate the same to these headquarters.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

JNumbers A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

(Same to General Butler.)

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, November 21, 1864-8 p. m.

Brigadier-General RAWLINS:

I have no information of any movement or change on my front. The pickets on my extreme left reported an unusual running of cars last night on the South Side Railroad; trains reported movement moving apparently both ways, into and out of Petersburg. Deserters state a report was in circulation that Early's forces were turning to Richmond.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, OFFICE OF THE PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL, November 21, 1864.

Major-General HUMPHREYS,

Chief of Staff:

GENERAL: Rebel deserters from the following commands have been received to-day, viz: Four from Sixtieth Alabama, Gracie's brigade; one from Twenty-fourth Virginia, Wise's brigade; four from Twenty-fourth North Carolina, Ransom's brigade; one from Twenty-third South Carolina, Wallace's brigade; one from Eleventh Florida, Finegan's brigade. They report no recent changes in enemy's position, except that there is a general rumor circulating to the effect that Ewell's command has arrived at Richmond. They know nothing of the running cars on the South Side Railroad, and all of them came in on the line of the Second Corps.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

J. McENTEE,

Captain, &c.

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