War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0587 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

February 18, 1865.

Bvt. Major General A. S. WEBB,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

GENERAL: The enemy's pickets have several times recently called to our men, requesting that some one who was a Mason come out to meet one of their number, with a view to their ascertaining, in what they conceive to be a reliable way, what disposition is made of men deserting to our lines. It seems that they are informed by their authorities that all such deserters are forced into our ranks, and that the orders in relation thereto, which they have been, are not observed. Believing that some good might result from such an interview in the way of increasing desertions from the enemy, I have the honor to request authority for sending a discreet officer upon this service.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS SIXTH ARMY CORPS,

February 18, 1865. (Received 7 p. m.)

Brevet Major-General WEBB,

Chief of Staff:

Communication not held with enemy's pickets to-day in consequence of their being so closely watched. The attempt will be repeated to-morrow if authorized by the major-general commanding.

H. G. WRIGHT,

Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 18, 1865-7.25 p. m.

Major-General WRIGHT,

Commanding Sixth Corps:

The major-general commanding authorizes the communication to be held with enemy's pickets for the purpose proposed, under your direction, at such time as you may deem proper.

ALEX. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

February 18, 1865. (Received 9.25 a. m.)

Major-General WEBB,

Chief of Staff:

Nothing new to report along my lines. Some deserters came in during the night, but have not yet been reported.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.