War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0662 N. AND SE. VA., W. VA., MD., AND PA. Chapter LVIII.

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HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

February 23, 1865.

Bvt. Major General A. S. WEBB,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

I have twelve deserters, just from Johnson's division; report that twenty pieces of artillery were withdrawn from the rear of their line last night; that Mahone's division and Cooke's brigade were expected to move to-night; destination rumored to be North Carolina; report that commissary stores and tobacco were being moved to-day from Petersburg, and that its evacuation is rumored; heard that troops were massed near Weldon railroad; have orders at headquarters Gracie's brigade to be ready to move.

ROBT. B. POTTER,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

February 23, 1865. (Received 3.45 p. m.)

Bvt. Major General A. S. WEBB,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

I have two deserters from Seventeenth South Carolina; left the enemy about noon to-day; came in near Alexander hays; neither know nor have heard of any movement of troops, but heard that Mahone had marching orders and rumors that Sherman was in Charlotte.

ROBT. B. POTTER,

Brevet Major-General.

HDQRS. ARTILLERY BRIGADE, NINTH ARMY CORPS,

February 23, 1865.

Bvt. Major General H. J. HUNT,

Chief of Artillery, Army of the Potomac:

About 11 a. m. yesterday Battery 5 opened, to which all rebel batteries bearing upon Battery 5, Fort McGilvery, and Battery 9 replied. To this fire the above-named forts replied, firing until the enemy ceased. Three infantrymen killed and three wounded in Battery 9 Enemy are placing heavy artillery in fort to the left of Baxter road; supposed to be 18 or 24 pounders.

J. C. TIDBALL,

Brevet Brigadier-General.

HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 23, 1865-6 p. m.

COMMANDING GENERAL CAVALRY DIVISION:

General Grant wants one good regiment cavalry to transfer to general Schofield. Select a good one. Report at once its designation and strength and how soon it can get in its extra and special duty and detached officers and men and be ready to move. Do not let the destination be known.

By command of Major-General Parke:

GEO. D. RUGGLES,

Assistant Adjutant-General.