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duty. I would, therefore, respectfully suggest that the Engineer Brigade be directed to take charge of these repairs, and remain on this duty until the line is put in order.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General, Commanding Corps.

[First indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 3, 1864.

Respectfully referred to the chief engineer, who is desired to afford such assistance in the repair of the works in front of the Ninth Corps as it may be practicable for him to render.

By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Second indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

ENGINEER DEPARTMENT,

December 4, 1864.

Respectfully returned.

Lieutenant-Colonel Spaulding, commanding detachment Fiftieth New York Volunteer Engineers, has been directed to send two companies of his command to take charge of the repairs within referred to. If he finds additional companies necessary he will furnish them. The corps commander is requested to furnish as large details for working parties to the officers in charge of the companies as he possibly can, as a great deal of additional work is to be performed by the engineer troops.

N. MICHLER,

Major of Engineers, U. S. Army.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 3, 1864.

Brigadier General D. MCM. GREGG,

Commanding Cavalry Division:

GENERAL: I am directed by the commanding general to say that as the infantry force on the left of our line has been lately relieved, you are now authorized to withdraw all cavalry you have on outpost duty west of the Weldon railroad, and you will have your pickets connect with the left of the pickets of the Second Corps, understood to be at the intersection of the Halifax and Wyatt roads. The change in the picket-line of the Second Corps was made yesterday without any reference of the matter to these headquarters or you would have been notified of the change.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS SECOND BRIGADE,

SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

Numbers 16.

December 3, 1864.

The colonel commanding takes this opportunity to congratulate and compliment the officers and men of the Second Brigade on their con-