commanding pickets of Third Brigade, had taken the two officers accompanying the flag within the picket-line to the reserve of the pickets. They were at once sent back to the picket-line by the general officer of the day, and are now detained there. They state that they bear a dispatch for General Gregg. Shall it be received and the flag of truce party be allowed to return to their command? Captain McIlhenny is placed under arrest.
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
December 4, 1864 - 3 p. m. (Sent 3.10 p. m.)
Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,
Commanding Second Corps:
Your dispatch reporting the arrival of a flag of truce in front of your picket-line has been received. Under the circumstances stated, the arrest of the officer who received the flag is approved. The dispatch for General Gregg will be received and forwarded to these headquarters. The officers who came in with the flag of truce can return to their commands.
HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,
Peebles' House, before Petersburg, Va.,
December 4, 1864.
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3. From and after to-morrow the Second Division of this corps will picket from the Weldon railroad to Arthur's Swamp, having 300 enlisted men on picket.
4. From and after to-morrow the Third Division of this corps will picket from Arthur's Swamp to the left of the First Division, near Fort Cummings, having 500 enlisted men on picket.
By order of Major-General Humphreys:
HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,
December 4, 1864 - 9.15 a. m.
Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,
I have the honor to report all quiet in my front yesterday and during the night. One deserter from Thirty-eighth North Carolina and two from Holcombe Legion were received and forwarded.
G. K. WARREN,