War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0823 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC. - UNION.

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ready as reserves to make any movement that may be ordered. Inspections will be made of the works to see that they are supplied with ammunition and subsistence.

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By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 5, 1864-10.07 a.m.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS.

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

The Second Division of this corps relieved Griffin's division after daylight this morning. The First and Third Brigades are in the line

of intrenchments-the First on the left, the Third on the right, and the Second in reserve, in rear of the right. The Third Division relieved the pickets of the Second Division from Arthur's Swamp to Weldon railroad early this morning. No other changes have taken place since last report and nothing and importance has transpired. Four rebel deserters came in during the night.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 6, 1864. (Received 12.20 p.m.)

General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Respectfully forwarded for information of commanding general.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 6, 1864-12 m.

Captain I. THICKSTUN,

Chief Signal Officer, Second Army Corps:

CAPTAIN: The large 8-inch gun which was removed from the enemy's works on Sunday night has not yet been replaced. Northwest of Fort Welch a large camp has been nearly deserted and men have been observed tearing down the winter quartermasters. The enemy have small working parties along the line strengthening the breastworks and are still busy erecting the fort west of Fort Welch which was reported on Saturday last. A working party of about 150 men engaged upon it. The fort to the right of this one has been apparently completed with the exception of the embrasure. The tops of the two gun carriages can be seen. No other artillery observed, with the exception of one light field piece to right of Boisseau's property. Squads of men drilling in rear of their works.

RICHARD P. STRONG,

First Lieutenant, Signal Corps.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 6, 1864-1.40 p.m.

Major-General MEADE,

Commanding Army of the Potomac:

I have directed General Mott to report immediately to General Warren. General Mott's division, by the last return, has present for duty 5,789 enlisted men. His picket guard is 800 men. There are three