HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, March 5, 1865-12 m.
Fifteen deserters are reported as coming in last night. They report Mahone's and Grimes' divisions as under marching orders, and some think that two of Mahone's brigades have gone. They state it was reported in their camps that Sheridan occupied Staunton and Charlottesville, and had defeated Early's troops. This last report comes from deserters on the extreme right and left, showing the report existed all through the rebel army. The firing yesterday p.m. was on the Ninth Corps front, the enemy opening when were relieving a battery in one of the works.
GEO. G. MEADE.
HEADQUARTERS SECOND ARMY CORPS, March 5, 1865. [Received 12.45 p.m.]
Chief of Staff:
The deserters from Davis' brigade, Heth's division, that came into our lines this morning state that they were ordered to be ready to move yesterday morning an hour before daylight, their pickets having reported that they heard our artillery moving to our left during the night. The deserter from Grimes' brigade [Rodes' old division] reports that their pickets [west side of Hatcher's Run] were under orders to be ready to move at daylight yesterday morning. He states that the division is encamped near Sutherland's Station, having recently moved from the north to the south side of the railroad.
A. A. HUMPHREYS,
HDQRS. ARTILLERY BRIGADE, SECOND ARMY CORPS, March 5, 1865.
Bvt. Major JOHN N. CRAIG,
Asst. Adjt. General Artillery Hdqrs., Army of the Potomac.
MAJOR: I have the honor to report that the batteries of this command occupy the following positions on this date, viz:
Position Battery Guns Commanding
Fort Welch 12tj Mew York Twolight 12- Captain
Battery pounders C. A. Clark
Fort Gregg M, 1st New Four 3-inch Captain George
Hampshire K. Dakin
Between Forts 12th New York Twolight 12- Captain C. A.
Sampson and Battery pounders Clark
Fort Sampson C and I, 5th Fourlight 12- First
U. S. Artillery pounders Lieutenant
W. B. Beck
Battery A K, 4th do... Lieutenant
U. S. Artillery E. S. Smith
Battery B 11th New York Six 3-inch Captain George
Battery W. Davey
Battery C B, 1st New Twolight 12- Lieutenant E.
Jersey pounders P. Clark
Battery D do... do... Do.
In reserve do... do... Do.
Battery E 10th Six 3-inch Lieutenant
Massachusetts J. W.
In park B,1st Rhode Six light 12- Bvt. Major T.
Island pounders Fred. Brown
In reserve C,4th New York Six Coehorn Lieutenant
Artillery mortars Frank Seymour
Train guards L, 4th New York - Do.
Ninth Corps G, 1st New York Six light 12- Captain S. A.
line Artillery pounders
F,1st Six 3-inch McClellan
Pennsylvania Six light 12- Lieutenant
Artillery pounders Wireman
3rd New Jersey do... Lieutenant
Artillery Julius G. Terk
6th Maine Lieutenant