War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0933 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

December 10, 1864.

General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Nothing of interest has transpired along our lines during the past twenty-four hours. It is thought that the picket-line in front of Forts Davis and Alexander Hays has been weakened; also that new troops now occupy the enemy's line. No deserters have been reported since the three mentioned in my report of last night.

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

December 10, 1864-12.30 p.m.

General S. WILLIAMS:

Two deserters from Twenty-fifth North Carolina just reported. Left their camp about 4 a.m. Report no change in their line. Know of no movement beyond the report of some of Early's men moving to our left. Don't know what amount of force.

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 9 [10], 1864-12.40 p.m.

Major-General PARKE:

You will hold all your available reserves ready for a prompt movement down to the Jerusalem plank road, under Brevet Major-General Potter, to assist in the return of Major-General Warren's forces, should such be necessary. The command will take the four days' rations and sixty rounds of ammunition on the person, and forty rounds loaded lightly on pack-mules, a few ambulances, and the minimum allowance of hospital stores; no baggage wagons on any pretext, but pack-mules for headquarters use may be taken from general supply train. The cavalry with the army, under Colonel Kerwin, will be sent. Please have all preliminary arrangements made so that no time will be lost in case the order is sent you.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 10, 1864-1.45 p.m. (Sent 2 p.m.)

Major-General PARKE:

Direct General Potter to move at once, or as soon as possible, in accordance with the preparatory order of this morning, and to report here in person without delay for instructions. Brigadier-General Benham, with reserves from City Point, will report to you. I have ordered him to Meade's Station with his command.

GEO. G. MEADE,

Major-General.