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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

December 8, 1864-7.30 p. m.

Bvt. Major General R. B. POTTER,

Commanding Second Division, &c.:

GENERAL: I am directed by the major-general commanding to forward you the following dispatch from Major-General Meade for your instructions.*

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

J. L. VAN BUREN,

Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel, &c.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

December 8, 1864.

Brigadier General JOHN F. HARTRANFT,

Commanding Provisional Brigade, Ninth Army Corps:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding directs me to say that you will report for instructions to Brevet Major-General Potter.

I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

P. M. LYDIG,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

December 8, 1864.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding:

GENERAL: It will be very difficult to destroy the railroad, at least the rails. These are connected in such a way that tools will be required. The connection of the rails is such that in turning over the entire tracks and sleepers does not break it. My command has turned over about a mile of the road. Our pickets are about a mile from Jarratt's Station. A very few of the enemy seen in that direction. My horses need water very much, which I will try to find.

Yours, &c.,

D. MCM. GREGG,

Brevet Major-General, Commanding Cavalry.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

Jarratt's Station, December 8, 1864.

Major-General WARREN,

Commanding:

GENERAL: I have a negro who left Belfield at 12 m. to-day. He says the enemy had two pieces of artillery on this side the river at that point and five on the south. He thinks there were about 500 men there. At Belfield this morning they knew of our having been at Sussex last night and have been sending property away to-day.

Yours, respectfully,

D. MCM. GREGG,

Brevet Major-General, Commanding Cavalry.

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*See Meade to Parke, 6.45 p. m., p. 883.

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