War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0824 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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brigades containing,respectively, 2,230, 1,723, and 1,836 enlisted men. General Miles' division has 6,336 enlisted men-four brigades. About one-half are recruits, but he reports the division in good condition, the rest of a month out of the intrenchments having given a good opportunity for drill and discipline.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 6, 1864-2.45 p.m.

Major-General HUMPHREYS:

You can retain the picket detail of General Mott's division.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND CORPS,

December 6, 1864.

General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

Am I to send artillery to Fort Dushane to-morrow morning and the prescribed garrison also? In the contingency contemplated in the order received this evening from army headquarters, are the rear works to be held, or merely the front line as far as and including Fort Cummings? The order specifies the line held by my command to be from Battery 23 (24?) to Fort Dushane.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 6, 1864-9.15 p.m.

Major General A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Commanding Second Corps:

GENERAL: In answer to your note of this evening I am instructed by the commanding general to say that for the present it will be necessary for you to keep garrison and artillery in the works in the portion of the rear line held by you. The commanding general designed in issuing the order to which you allude that the right of your line should commence with the right of Wheaton's division as now posted. He is not certain whether Wheaton's right is at Battery 24 or 23.

I am, general,your obedient servant,

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 6, 1864-11 p.m.

General WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I have already ordered garrisons and artillery to all the works in the rear line held by me excepting Fort Dushane, to which I