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Grimes' old, now Cowand's which occupies the camping-ground of the former. Let me know before dusk how many deserters you get during the day and what changes, if any.

SHARPE,

Colonel.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 23, 1865-10.45 p. m.

Colonel SHARPE,

City Point:

I have received seventy-nine deserters from the enemy to-day. An informant, who was posted last night on one of the bridges across the Appomattox, states that an officer of artillery told him that fifty-nine pieces were to cross, to the north side of the Appomattox that night, and that others had gone across the night before; that this artillery came from the south of Petersburg. He also that the citizens of Petersburg had received an order from General Lee that they must remove all their cotton and tobacco within a week. If it was not all remaining would be burned. All quiet along their lines. The troops am their old quarters and camps.

PH. SCHUYLER,

Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 23, 1865-12.30 a. m.

Major-General MILES,

Commanding Second Army Corps:

Your dispatch of midnight received.

ALEX. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.

HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS,

February 23, 1865. (Received 9.55 a. m.)

Brevet Major-General WEBB:

Is it still desired that the troops shall be ready to move upon telegraphic notice to that effect being sent yesterday?

NELSON A. MILES,

Brevet Major-General, Commanding.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 23, 1865-10.15 a. m.

Major-General MILES:

You may make such disposition as you may consider necessary to enable to meet any call made upon your corps. It is not expected now that this demand upon you will be telegraphic.

ALEX. S. WEBB,

Brevet Major-General and Chief of Staff.

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