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CITY POINT, VA., December 5, 1864.

(Received 1 p.m.)

Major-General MEADE:

The following dispatch, sent to Major-General Hancock, in reply to his inquiry whether Colonel Morgan had been ordered to report to him, shows the views that were entertained at these headquarters on the subject of your indorsement of this morning:

CITY POINT, VA., November 28, 1864.

Major-General HANCOCK,

Washington:

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.

General Grant will ask to have the order taking the medical director of the corps suspended. General Humphreys can appoint an acting inspector and recommend him for the place when Colonel Morgan is permanently detached from the Second Corps.

JOHN A. RAWLINS,

Brigadier-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

OFFICE OF THE PROVOST-MARSHAL-GENERAL,

December 5, 1864.

Major General G. G. MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: But one deserter has been forwarded to-day from the Seventeenth South Carolina, Wallace's brigade, of Johnson's division, who brings no important information. He states that he heard some of his officers say that General Hampton with all his cavalry had gone to Georgia. They went last week. Nothing but rumor to substantiate this report. Everything else quiet.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNumbers C. BABCOCK

WALTHALL SIGNAL STATION,

December 5, 1864-9 a.m.

Captain PAINE,

Signal Officer:

Owing to fog, no observation can be made this a.m.

H. W. HOLMAN,

Sergeant.

CHURCH ROAD SIGNAL STATION,

December 5, 1864-10 a.m.

Captain THICKSTUN,

Signal Officers:

Since 8.30 this a.m. a great many stragglers in light marching order have been noticed moving in direction of Petersburg on the Cox road; about twenty ambulances and a train of ten wagons moving in same