War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0784 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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FORT BRADY, VA., December 2, 1864.

Colonel H. L. ABBOT,

Commanding Siege Artillery:

COLONEL: Have the honor to report that the enemy opened on us suddenly and rapidly about 11 a. m. from their heavy batteries. No provocation was given on our part. We had the last shot. Their pickets opened at the same time, but one mortar shell seemed to quiet them. We suffered no damage, excepting one man slightly hurt by a columbiad shell bursting on the parapet near Numbers 11 100-pounder, knocking out the revetment he was standing near, on detachment. He was considerably jarred.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. H. PIERCE,

Captain, First Connecticut Artillery.

HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

December 2, 1864.

In case of firing from the enemy, division commanders will take measures to keep their men under shelter as much as possible.

By command of Major General E. O. C. Ord:

THEODORE READ,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HATCHER'S, December 2, 1864.

(Received 11 p. m.)

Major-General BUTLER:

The firing on my front was occasioned by the enemy opening on a working party in one of the advanced works, which I am strengthening. It has entirely ceased.

CHAS. K. GRAHAM,

Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,

City Point, December 3, 1864 - 1.30 p. m.

Major General GEORGE G. MEADE:

The Sixth Corps will probably begin to arrive here to-night or in the morning. As soon as it does get here, I want you to move with the Second and about two divisions of the Fifth Corps down the Weldon road, destroying it as far to the south as possible. Four guns to each division, I think, will be of the greatest abundance to take, and six days' rations.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 3, 1864 - 3 p. m. (Sent 3.15 p. m.)

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I would suggest the relieving the whole of the Fifth Corps by the Sixth on its arrival; then sending the Fifth Corps with one or two divisions of the Second on the expedition proposed. I should myself think one division would be sufficient with the cavalry, as this would