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HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 7, 1864.

Brigadier-General SEYMOUR,

Commanding Third Division, Sixth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs that you send 600 men as a garrison for Fort Dushane, to encamp in or rear the fort, as they find it best, and to picket down the Weldon railroad, to connect with the pickets of the Third Division of the Second Corps, the left of which you will find on the railroad, about one mile and a half from Fort Dishane. The picketing force need net exceed 200 men. The pickets should extend to the left of Fort Dushane, so as to cover that work.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

September CARNCROSS,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

December 7, 1864-11.51 a. m.

Colonel DUANE,

Chief Engineer, Army of the Potomac:

It is reported that from the listening gallery under Fort Stedman the enemy could be distinctly heard working all last night. I do not know whether these sounds have ever been heard before or not, and therefore report it so that the mattery may be investigated by some one having some experience in mining.

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

December 7, 1864-1.43 p. m. (Received 2.45 p. m.)

General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

In reply to telegram of major-general commanding of 11 a. m., I have available, to be drawn from the line in the event of a movement, 2,600 men from the Second Division (Potter's), and about 900 from the First Division (Willcox's), leaving about 6,500 men to hold the picket-line and inclosed works. With the Third Division I will have about 7,500 men available for a movement. The chief of artillery reports he will have twenty guns available, ten rifled and ten 12-pounders. I propose leaving General Willcox in command of the line.

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 7, 1864-2.35 p. m. (Received 2.57 p. m.)

General J. G. PARKE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

The commanding general desires that troops that are to be left in the line should keep constantly on hand eight days' full rations.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.