War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0936 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

December 10, 1864. (Received 5.57 p.m.)

General WILLIAM,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

My troops are in motion, excepting the rear guard and the detachment of engineers, &c. I cannot raise packs enough for more than fifteen rounds of ammunition, and unless I take wagons cannot carry the forty rounds required.

ROBERT B. POTTER,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 10, 1864-6.05 p.m.

Major General R. B. POTTER,

Second Division, Ninth Army Corps:

Your dispatch received. The commanding general says fifteen rounds of ammunition per man, in addition to the sixty rounds required to be carried on the person, will be sufficient. He thinks you had better not take any wagons. Colonel Kerwin, who has just left here for the camp headquarters Second Cavalry Division, for supplies for his command, will send an officer to show you the road by way of Lee's Mill. The plank road opposite to Lee's Mill is obstructed.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

December 10, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER BATTERY HORSE ARTILLERY:

SIR: I send you copy of dispatch* received from headquarters Army of the Potomac, from the tenor of which you will see that in case the cavalry, which is to accompany a column of my command to be sent forward, does not come up in time to march with it, you are to move with Brevet Major-General Potter, who will command these troops, and you will accordingly report to that officer for instructions. His headquarters are at the Jones house.

By command of Major General John G. Parke:

P. M. LYDIG,

Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

December 10, 1864.

Captain F. B. ALLIBONE,

Ordnance Officer, Second Cavalry Division:

SIR: The commanding general has just learned that you have no ammunition on hand for Burnside carbines, and he directs me to inquire why you have not in reserve the prescribed quantity of ammunition of that description. A cavalry force, which it is of importance should

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*See Meade to Parke, 2.30 p.m., p. 934.

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