HDQRS. THIRD Brigadier, FIRST DIV., Numbers 8.
SIXTH ARMY CORPS, February 1, 1865.
I. Bvt. Brigadier General Joseph E. Hamblin, U. S. Volunteers, having by virtue of Special Orders, Numbers 23, headquarters First Division, Sixth Army Corps, been assigned to this brigade, hereby assumes command. The orders now in existence will remain as heretofore until otherwise directed.
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By order of Brevet Brigadier-General Hamblin:
JAMES W. LATTA,
HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, February 1, 1865. (Received 6 p. m.)
Brevet Major-General WEBB:
Will General Parke return to these headquarters this evening?
O. B. WILLCOX,
General Parke left here one and a half hours ago.
A. S. WEBB,
Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.
HDQRS. ARTILLERY BRIGADE, NINTH ARMY CORPS, February 1, 1865.
Bvt. Major General H. J. HUNT,
Chief of Artillery, Army of the Potomac:
GENERAL: I have the honor to report that at about 11 o'clock yesterday forenoon a section of the Sixth Maine Battery, Captain Rogers, opened upon a large working party of the enemy, compelling them to leave. At about.30 p. m. that 30-pounder Parrots in Fort McGilvery opened upon a working party to the left of the Goose Neck (rebel) battery; after firing a few rounds it was vigorously replied to by the five guns in Goose Neck, and all the mortar batteries bearing upon that fort . Their fire was returned by all the guns in Battery T and Fort McGilvery. The firing continued about three hours. I have no casualties to report among the artillery and but two killed and four wounded among the infantry. At about 3 o'clock the enemy opened fire to the front of Fort Stedman and Battery 10; they were replied to by the Nineteenth New York Battery, but very little damage was done by the enemy's fire.
I have the honor to be, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
R. B. RICKETTS,
Major, Commanding Brigade.
CITY POINT, VA., February 1, 1865-4.30 p. m.
I think it will be advisable, on relieving General Shepley from command in Norfolk, to place General Vogdes in his place. He is next in rank in that command and is an old brigadier-general, and as he is an