War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0726 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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could withdraw easily the night before he moved, it was thought better not to disturb him as it might attract the attention of the enemy, and now, if there will be a few days before you propose to move, I would suggest relieving the Second Corps by the Ninth. This would give us the Second and Fifth for a movement, leaving the Ninth to hold the lines. The Second Corps has been so long in their present position it is entitled to be relieved, and the Ninth Corps is the one I should prefer having in a defensive position.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

CITY POINT, VA., November 28, 1864.

(Received 1.03 p. m.)

Major-General MEADE:

Make the transfer of places between the Second and Ninth Corps proposed.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CITY POINT, VA., November 28, 1864.

Major-General MEADE:

The movement which I spoke of for Thursday next will not take place, owing to the change of plan, which I will tell you of when we meet. It is advisable, however, that the Fifth Corps should be got out of the line ready for any emergency.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

CITY POINT, November 28, 1864 - 3.15 p. m.

Major General W. S. HANCOCK:

The order for Colonel Morgan to report to you has not been issued, but his leave of absence has been extended ten days. You will have to procure an order from the Secretary of War transferring Colonel Morgan from the Second Army Corps, so as to leave his position in that corps vacant, that it may be filled by General Humphreys, otherwise he will have to remain with the corps.

By command of Lieutenant-General Grant:

JOHN A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

OFFICE OF THE PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

November 28, 1864.

Major General G. G. MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: Fifteen deserters from the enemy came into our lines last evening. They represent the following brigades: Fry's brigade, of Heth's division; McGowan's brigade, of Wilcox's division; Forney's, Harris', and Wright's brigades, of Mahone's division; Evans', Wise's, Gracie's, and Ransom's brigades, of Johnson's division. No informa-