War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 0990 OPERATIONS IN SE.VA. AND N.C. Chapter LIV.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, December 13, 1864-4.15 p.m. (Sent 4.25 p.m.)

General J. G. PARKE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

I am instructed by the commanding general to say that the troops composing General Potter's command can now be returned to the positions they occupied before the recent movement to the Nottoway. Please give the necessary instructions for this purpose.

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, December 13, 1864.

Major-General POTTER,

Commanding Second Division:

GENERAL: The major-general commanding the army directs that the troops joining your command during the recent movement to the Nottoway can now be returned to their original position. Will you please notify General Hartranft, and direct Colonel Robinson to report to General Willcox with his command.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS, December 13, 1864.

Brigadier General JOHN F. HARTRANFT,

Commanding Provisional Brigade:

GENERAL: Orders have been received for the troops taking part in the late movement to be returned to their original positions. Your command is hereby relieved and you will report directly to the major-general commanding the corps, as before the movement.

By command of Brevet Major-General Potter:

SAML. WRIGHT,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS, December 13, 1864.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: If there is no objection I would wish to delay moving my division until day to-morrow. To-morrow I could take my brigade commanders with me and examine the country about Prince George Court-House and select camps for the brigade with reference to water and the soil. If not required to picket beyond the Norfolk railroad, I would establish the three brigades in the vicinity of Prince George Court-House, so that one well constructed corduroy road to Meade's Station could be used for the entire command. If, however, I should be required to picket to the Jerusalem plank road, a better disposition