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HDQRS. SECOND Brigadier, FIRST DIV., FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

January 11, 1865

Captain WILLIAM FOWLER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, First Division:

CAPTAIN: The foraging party that left these headquarters this morning was attacked by a band of guerrillas, and in the skirmish Captain Burrage Rice was killed and one private wounded. The body of Captain Rice was recovered and brought to these headquarters. The train was brought through in safety loaded with forage.

Very respectfully,

E. M. GREGORY,

Brevet Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS FIFTH ARMY CORPS,

January 11, 1865.

General BAXTER,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The general commanding the corps desires me to request that you will at once cause the woods in front of the picket-line of the division to be slashed, and where the line crosses the open field the chain of sentinels be protected by an abatis.

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

FRED. T. LOCKE,

Brevet Colonel and Assistant Adjutant-General

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

January 11, 1865. (Received 9.13 a.m.)

General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Nothing to report.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

January 11, 1865.

Brigadier General S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Army of the Potomac:

Have the honor to report five deserters from the enemy; two of above are sergeants.

O. B. WILLCOX,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS,&C.,

Fort Monroe, January 11, 1865-10.45 a.m.

Lieutenant-General GRANT:

I have asked the President for permission to publish my report of the Wilmington affair. He answers that no report has ever been received at the War Department. You told me you had forwarded it. Has it been lost again? If so, I have a copy.

BENJ. F. BUTLER,

Major-General.

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