War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0910 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 9, 1864.

Brigadier General Wheaton, First Division, Sixth Army Corps, will have his command (except that assigned to the intrenchments, pickets, &c.) got together and ready to move at once. If he should move, as he would only be in support of Miles' division, Second Corps, who is making a reconnaissance on the Vaughan road beyond Hatcher's Run, it will not be necessary to take any trains, and no wagons except the light headquarters wagons and a few ambulances.

General Seymour, Third Division, Sixth Army Corps, will order the troops that are to report to General Wheaton to do so at once. They will move without trains, except a few ambulances. Colonel Allen, in charge of General Wheaton's intrenched line, will report at once to Brigadier-General Seymour.

A battery of artillery will be ordered to report to General Wheaton at once by Lieutenant-Colonel Hazard, chief of artillery.

By order of Major-General Humphreys:

September CARNCROSS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

CIRCULAR.] HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 9, 1864.

In the absence of Major-General Miles, First Division, Major-General Gibbon, Second Division, will command all the troops of the Second Corps in the intrenched lines, extending to and including Fort Cummings.

Colonel Nugent, commanding the troops of the First Division, in the immediate lines, will report to and receive orders from Major-General Gibbon.

By order of Major-General Humphreys:

September CARNCROSS,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 9, 1864.-2.40 p.m.

Colonel DUANE,

Chief Engineer, Army of the Potomac:

COLONEL: Can you send Captain Paine to me, or any one familiar with the ground between Armstrong's Mill, the crossing of Hatcher's Run by Vaughan road, and our intrenchments. I want him in reference to holding across from the left of our intrenchments to the crossing of Hatcher's Run by the Vaughan road.

A. A. HUMPHREYS,

Major-General of Volunteers.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

December 9, 1864-1.45 a.m.

Major-General MILES,

Commanding First Division:

A reconnaissance was made yesterday by Colonel Kerwin's cavalry (First New York Rifles), about 400 or 500 strong, as far as the crossing of the Hatcher's Run by the Vaughan road. He was unable to