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HEADQUARTERS SIXTY-FIRST NEW YORK VOLUNTEERS,

December 1, 1864.

Captain WILLIAM MCALLISTER,

Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, First Brigadier, First Div., Second Corps:

CAPTAIN: In answer to your communication of this date, I have the honor to state that yesterday, while examining the ground in my front at about 4 p. m., I saw from the picket-line at the right of house (in my front) a column of rebel infantry marching to the west. I saw perhaps a brigade pass. The pickets at this post told me that the enemy's troops had been moving past this point for an hour. The pickets also told me that the enemy had left their camp on this front, striking tents that morning.

I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. W. SCOTT,

Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Regiment.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 1, 1864.

Brevet Major-General MOTT,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: After you have had the ground in front examined carefully, with a view to encamping two of your brigades comfortably, reference being had in the ground assigned them as to its character as a defensible position in connection with your right near Fort Cummings, I wish to see you before the troops are assigned their places.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General of Volunteers.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, SECOND CORPS,

December 1, 1864.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

I have the honor to report that nothing unusual occurred in my front yesterday or during the night. Sharp picket-firing, continuing all night, was heard to the right of this corps. Deserters from the following regiments were received and forwarded: Three from Thirty-third North Carolina, two from Eleventh Alabama, one from Sixth Virginia, one from Nineteenth Mississippi.

G. K. WARREN,

Major-General, Commanding.