War of the Rebellion: Serial 096 Page 0677 Chapter LVIII. CORRESPONDENCE, ETC.-UNION.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

February 24, 1865- 9 a. m.

General R. B. POTTER,

Commanding Ninth Army Corps:

Your telegram of 11.50 last night received. Have you any further data in reference to the removal of guns? Cannot the signal people discover whether or not guns have been removed from the front line? I think it would be well to throw a few shell over and see if they bring any response. If so, I do not desire a general commanding, the object being to ascertain as far as possible the number of batteries and guns that have been removed from your front.

JNO. G. PARKE,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

February 24, 1865. (received 10.10 a. m.)

Major General JOHN G. PARKE,

Army of the Potomac:

Signal officer had a good view this morning could see no change. Five trains left Petersburg this morning on Richmond railroad. The artillery moved was from the reserves principally. Tidball will fell them a little.

ROBT. B. POTTER,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

February 24, 1865. (Received 2 p. m.)

Bvt. Major General A. S. WEBB,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

General Tidball opened, and was responded to from the usual batteries. Three deserters from Ransom's brigade, just sent up, report that sixty field pieces have been sent off, mostly from the rear; this a camp rumor last night. Cotton and tobacco were being sent from Petersburg.

ROBT. B. POTTER,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

February 24, 1865. (Received 11 p. m.)

Major-General WEBB,

Chief of Staff.

GENERAL: Some deserters of Wallace's brigade report having received one day's rations to-day.

ROBT. B. POTTER,

Brevet Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS,

(February 24, 1865. (Received 11.30 p. m.)

Bvt. Major General A. S. WEBB,

Chief of Staff, Army of the Potomac:

Deserters report in regard to rations that Scales' brigade is rationed until to-morrow night yesterday; were but three days' rations in