War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0493 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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or early to-morrow morning. The force occupying Fort McMahon, in the rear line, will be returned to the brigade at the same time, except the company or similar detail formerly garrisoning it.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

GEO. CLENDENIN, JR.,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH CORPS,

February 8, 1865.

Brigadier General T. SEYMOUR,

Commanding Third Division:

GENERAL: The brevet major-general commanding directs that you will at once relieve the troops of troops of the Second Corps which now occupy the line between Fort Fisher and Fort Gregg, and as soon as you shall have done this you will please report the fact to these headquarters. You will also please give explicit directions to the troops who will occupy the ground near Fort Fisher not to encamp within 200 yards of that work.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

C. H. WHITTELSEY,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 8, 1865-10.30 a. m.

Major-General PARKE,

Commanding Ninth Corps:

The Engineer Brigade has been ordered to hold that portion of the old line of the Sixth Corps which, under the last order, is assigned to you. When General Hartranft's division is returned to you, and you shall have assigned your divisions to your new line, please notify me, in order that the Engineer Brigade may receive its orders.

ALEX. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

February 8, 1865-11.45 a. m.

Bvt. Major General A. S. WEBB,

Chief of Staff:

Nothing new to report this a. m. Enemy repairing works. Two deserters from Thirty-fifth North Carolina came in last night. Their camp full of rumors-that we had South Side Railroad; that General Pickett was killed; that Cooke's brigade refused to charge, &c. Dispatch in reference to assignment of troops to line received. Will notify you as soon as disposition is made.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.