War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0889 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 9, 1864-9 a. m. (Sent 9.20 a. m.)

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I send two reports* received this morning. The reconnaissance of the cavalry and a division of infantry moved this morning early, but have not yet reported progress.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 9, 1864-8.30 a. m. (Received 9.10 a. m.)

General WILLIAMS, Assistant Adjutant-General:

A deserter, just brought in from Forty-second Virginia, Terry's brigade, Gordon's division, Early's corps, says his division began to leave the Valley by railroad yesterday morning. Five trains got to near Petersburg last evening about sunset, and came to intrenchments near Bisseau's and relieved the troops there. His brigade was the first to leave. Got in the cars at Waynesborough. It was said Pegram's division was coming too. Don't know how many of his division have got here or whether Pegram's division have begun to arrive. The troops his brigade relieved moved to their right at once. He has been sent up to headquarters.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General, Commanding.

[Indorsement.]

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 9, 1864-9.15 a. m. (Sent 9.30 a. m.)

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

The above, just received, is sent for your information.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 9, 1864-11.45 a. m. (Sent 11.50 a. m.)

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I transmit two dispatches+ just received. Miles has been advised to move cautiously after crossing Hatcher's Run. His right flank by the Duncan road and the one Hancock took is open, and he is nearer to the enemy that to us. Humphreys has been ordered to hold another command in readiness to move to his support if necessary.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 9, 1864-12.10 p. m. (Sent 12.30 p. m.)

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I forward dispatch++ just received. I fear the obstacles presented to Miles will check him sufficiently long to enable the enemy to send infantry

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*See Fisher to Meade, 8.30 a. m., p. 894, and Parke to Williams, 7.15 a. m., p. 917.

+See Humphreys to Meade, 10.40 a. m., p. 899, and Parke to Williams, 11.20 a. m., p. 917.

++See Humphreys to Williams, 11.30 a. m., p. 900.

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