War of the Rebellion: Serial 089 Page 1053 Chapter LIV. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

December 21, 1864. (Received 9.25 a.m.)

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS:

I have the honor to report that nothing of importance has transpired on the lines of this corps during the preceding twenty-four hours. Three batteries of the Fifth Corps were yesterday relieved by a corresponding number of batteries of this corps.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

December 21, 1864.

General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General:

Nothing new along our lines. Five deserters have been reported-one from Sixtieth Alabama, two from Thirty-fifth North Carolina, one from Forty-ninth North Carolina, one from Fifty-sixth North Carolina.

JNumbers G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

December 21, 1864-11.50 p.m.

BRIGADE COMMANDERS:

It is reported that the enemy have drawn the water from a pond in the vicinity of Fort Stedman since dusk, and that their picket-firing is more lively than usual. In view of any movement on the part of the enemy, the general commanding directs that you have the men of your command ready to move at one hour before daylight to-morrow morning, in case their support should be required. The troops will not leave their respective commands, but they will be held in readiness to march at a moment's notice.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

JNumbers D. BERTOLETTE,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND DIVISION, CAVALRY CORPS,

December 21, 1864.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that scouting parties sent daily in front of the cavalry picket-line fail to discover any of the enemy in the sections formerly frequented by numerous scouts and guerrillas. At Proctor's, on the Jerusalem plank road, there are pickets of the enemy's cavalry, as formerly, watching the roads leading to the Rowanty, the reserve of this picketing force being at Salem Church.

I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

D. McM. GREGG,

Brevet Major-General of Volunteers, Commanding Second Division.